JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to congratulate the Palestinian leader on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The Israeli prime minister’s statement said the leaders of the two countries also spoke about “continuing cooperation and the need to ensure peace and tranquility.” (Israel-Palestine-Leaders-Phone Call)

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Tehran – Iran’s navy commander on Friday announced the start of annual naval exercises in the Caspian Sea, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The “1401 Sustainable Security” naval exercises began with the participation of various units of the navy, including missile launchers, helicopters and drones of naval bases, electronic warfare systems, as well as rifle and hunting units, said the deputy commander of the Iranian forces, Hamzeh Ali Kaviani. Navy, quotes the words. (Iranian Navy-Caspian Sea exercises)

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Tehran – The press secretary of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday rejected the British government’s claim to confiscate the supply of Iranian weapons to Yemen, according to the ministry’s website.

Nasser Kanaani dismissed the claim as “baseless and outdated”, accusing Britain of “complicity” in the war in Yemen. (Iran-UK-Yemen-Weapons)

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RIYADH – Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that its health services are working at full capacity to ensure the health and safety of pilgrims during the current Hajj season.

Health Minister Fahad bin Abdulrahman Al-Jalajel said pilgrims at Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia, a hill about 20 kilometers southeast of Mecca where the important ritual of the annual Hajj pilgrimage took place, were in good condition. (Saudi Arabia-Health Service-Hajj)

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