Aug. 19 – Kuwait has sent its first ambassador to Tehran in six years following an improvement in the relationship between the countries, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency this week.

Prior to the development, Kuwait had downgraded its relationship with Iran following an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran in 2016. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are allies in the region.

The news outlet said Badr Abdullah al-Munikh, Kuwait’s new ambassador, sent a letter to Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, to confirm his appointment.

Iran reported its first case of Monkeypox, following a global outbreak which has affected 90 countries.

The woman, who is believed to be in her thirties and from the southwestern city of Ahvaz, has since been quarantined.

The spread of the disease has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, with more than 31,000 cases recorded since the outbreak began.

And a law which would hand over control of Iran’s banking system to the country’s ruling clerics has been heavily criticized by former officials of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).

The former officials pushed back against the proposed legislation in a letter to the speaker of parliament, which included concerns that the move would not solve the current challenges faced by the bank.

If passed, the law could give clerics absolute power over the country’s fiscal and economic policies.

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