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Iran-Oman Relations

The Iranian President and the Sultan of Oman have called for closer cooperation in different areas after they met in Tehran. President Ebrahim Raeisi says bilateral ties are now in the investment phase. Raeisi is calling for cooperation on commerce, energy, defense, and security, hailing the approach of the sides to regional cooperation and strengthening regional peace and security. The Sultan of Oman echoed Raeisi, saying that Iran and Oman have a high potential for further trade, even as their economic exchanges have doubled since last year. Haitham bin Tariq is in Iran on a two-day state visit. Following the negotiations between the two leaders, Iranian and Omani foreign ministers held a joint presser on the agreements reached between the two sides.

Turkey elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins reelection in Sunday’s runoff vote, extending his rule into its third decade. With over 99 percent of ballot boxes opened, Erdogan garnered more than 52 percent of the votes. His rival, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received nearly 48 percent, trailing Erdogan by more than 2mn votes. The country’s Supreme Election Council says the uncounted ballots will not change the results. After he was declared the winner, Erdogan addressed a crowd of his supporters outside the presidential palace in the capital Ankara. He called on Turks to unite in favor of the country’s national goals.

Israel Syria strike

The Israeli regime has carried out yet another airstrike on Syria, this time targeting positions in the capital Damascus. A number of explosions were heard shortly before midnight local time. The Syrian military says the country’s air defenses responded to the attacks using anti-aircraft. It says the attacks only caused some material damage. The strikes were the first in Damascus since late March. The last Israeli raid on Syria in early May left seven people dead in the northwestern city of Aleppo. The Israeli regime routinely carries out airstrikes on Syria. Syrian officials have for a number of times called on the United Nations to force the Israeli regime to stop its aggression. They say the move is in violation of international law.

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