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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, May 23

23 May 2021, 23:49 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said on Sunday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) now cannot have access to the records from the cameras monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, official IRNA news agency reported.

"We are determined to implement the law of Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions (SAPCS) ... according to (the parliament's) approvals," Qalibaf said.

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations praised as a true food hero on Saturday "Father of Hybrid Rice" Yuan Longping, renowned for developing the first hybrid rice strain that pulled countless people out of hunger.

"Today, we mourn the passing of a true food hero. Chinese scientist Yuan Longping saved millions of people from hunger by developing the first hybrid rice strains," the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) tweeted.

"He passed away today at 91 (due to illness) but his legacy and his mission to end hunger lives on," it said.

"Deep condolences on the passing of Mr. Yuan Longping! A man who made enormous contribution to China and the world! A man who will be remembered forever!" tweeted Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, also the rotating president of the Security Council for the month of May.

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TRIPOLI -- Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah on Saturday met with his Tunisian counterpart, Hichem Mechichi, in Libya's capital Tripoli, where they signed an agreement on mutual trade and movement of travelers.

The agreement also includes technical cooperation on land, sea and air transportation, as well as activating the work of joint commissions on land and sea transportation, Dbeibah told a press conference following the meeting.

"The agreement between the two countries only reflects the closeness of the peoples of the two countries," Mechichi said, expressing his willingness to implement the deal.

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KABUL -- The intelligence agency personnel arrested three terrorists and 10 suspects linked with terrorist groups in Afghan capital city Kabul, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's national intelligence agency, confirmed on Sunday.

"During the past 24 hours, the NDS Special Operations Forces arrested three terrorists and 10 suspected individuals during separate raids in Police District (PD) 15, PD 5 and Paghman district," the agency said in a statement.

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