Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Oct. 12

Xinhua News Agency | Oct 12, 2019 at 1:22 PM

TEHRAN -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Saturday that Iran will respond to the recent attack on its oil tanker in the Red Sea, official IRNA news agency reported.

"A special committee has been set up to investigate the attack on the SABITI (oil tanker), which was targeted by two missiles near the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea," Shamkhani was quoted as saying.

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BEIRUT -- Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali slammed the Lebanese government for its lack of cooperation with Syrian authorities, Al-Akhbar local newspaper reported on Saturday.

"The Lebanese government does not give any attention or importance to economic cooperation between the two countries especially after the opening of Nasib border in Jordan and Boukamal border in Iraq," Ali said.

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NEW YORK -- Trade tensions have created complications for the U.S. economy and been destructive for farmers, particularly those growing soybeans, a U.S. Federal Reserve official has said.

"A lot of businesses that I met with said they are worried about trade and tariffs," said Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, at a conversation at the Council on Foreign Relations on Friday.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Indonesia will further promote trade and tourism relations with Brunei, especially through improving connectivity, Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr. Sujatmiko said.

"Through coordination with various parties and an active approach, the Indonesian Embassy to Brunei is striving to speed up the realization of opening Indonesia-Brunei sea cargo including by conducting a seminar and business meeting in which representatives from PT PELNI, the largest shipping company of Indonesia, and the Trade Chamber of Indonesia will meet shipping operators and local businessmen," he said.

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his country's ongoing military operation in northern Syria was designed to protect the rights of all people there and not to divide the Arab country.

"Turkey's anti-terror operation is meant to protect the rights of all the northern Syrian people, including Arabs, Kurds, Ezidis and Chaldeans, and not divide Syria," Erdogan said at a reception held in Istanbul in honor of the participants in a meeting of speakers of parliaments.