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Iceland volcano forces VN to cancel flights

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm




Iceland volcano forces VN to cancel flights


QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines has cancelled flights to and from Europe due to ash from a volcano in Iceland that has forced the temporary shut-down of two major international airports in France and Germany.


The closure of the airports–Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt–prompted the national flag carrier to cancel four flights on April 16 on the routes Paris-Ho Chi Minh City, Frankfurt-Hanoi, HCM City-Frankfurt and Hanoi-Paris, Le Hoang Dung, Vietnam Airlines spokesman, said.


Two other flights scheduled for April 17–Frankfurt to Ho Chi Minh City and Paris to Hanoi –will also be cancelled.


The airline will continue announcing timetable information for the upcoming regular and additional flights from Hanoi and HCM City to Europe.


For the latest information, passengers may visit http://www.vietnamairlines.com or dial 04 38320320, 08 38320320 and 0511 3811111 in Vietnam or +31 676779875 in France or +49 15116119824 in Germany.


Source: VietNamNet/VNA


 


Source: QDND

Nation hits the road for national holidays

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm




Nation hits the road for national holidays


QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City’s District 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in Lam Dong Province.


She said she was going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day.


With all public and private offices closed for four days, she was afraid bus tickets would not be available and so bought well in advance.


Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of the major operators on this route, has no tickets left for April 30.


It has also run out of seats on the HCM City-Gia Lai Province, HCM City-Buon Ma Thuot routes.


Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy head of HCM City’s Eastern Bus Terminal, said the number of passengers travelling during the holiday was likely to be 100 per cent higher than on normal days.


The highest demand is for seats to Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak provinces and Vung Tau, Da Lat and Phan Thiet.


A representative of the Western Bus Terminal said that the number of passengers going to the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta was likely to rise by nearly 15 per cent over the last year.


Flights and trains are also fully booked though services have been increased for a few days before and after the holidays.


Nguyen Dieu Huong, a Viet Nam Airlines ticketing agent, said tickets of all routes were sold out a month ago though the carrier had scheduled extra flights.


Only tickets between Ha Noi and HCM City would be available on April 28 and 29, she said.


Phung Thi Ly Ha, deputy head of the Ha Noi Railway Station, said more trains would be operated to Vinh in Nghe An Province, Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province, Lao Cai Province, and Da Nang but tickets had all been sold out.


The station had been able to meet only 30 per cent of the demand, she admitted.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

Ensuring social welfare for people with disabilities

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm




Ensuring social welfare for people with disabilities


QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Party and State always pay due attention to people with disabilities, showing their determination to adopt policies for the disabled in line with their approval of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


To mark National Day of Persons with Disabilities Day (April 18), a Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter interviewed the Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Trong Dam, about issues related to the disabled.


Reporter: Could you brief us on policies for people with disabilities over the past few years?


Mr Dam: The Party and State always give special attention to the disadvantaged and handicapped people. In 2006, Vietnam signed to join the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, indicating its determination to build policies for the disabled towards ensuring the adoption of the convention.


In addition, the Ordinance on People with Disabilities has been upgraded to the Law on People with Disabilities which will be approved at the 7th session of the 12th National Assembly in May. Many action programmes have focused on developing services for the disabled and ensuring their rights in the best way.


Over the past years, the adoption of legal policies for the disabled has created a legal framework for providing assistance and care for them, clarifying the responsibility of functional agencies and helping them to gain access to social services. As a result, disabled people’s material and spiritual lives have gradually improved.


Reporter: Could you please elaborate on the Law on People with Disabilities which is expected to be adopted at the NA’s upcoming session?


Mr Dam: The Law aims to change public awareness of the disabled, pinpoint the responsibility of the State, families and society for the disabled and stipulate their fundamental rights. It also refers to policies for the disabled with a focus on providing vocational training, healthcare and cultural education.


Reporter: What should be done to help people with disabilities?


Mr Dam: In order to bring the policies for the disabled to life, it is essential to narrow the gap between society and the disabled by intensifying media activities.


Media agencies play an important role in changing social awareness to remove barriers for the disabled, thus helping overcome their limitations so as to integrate into the community. We should socially regard the disabled as ordinary people.


Reporter: How has the social attitude towards the disabled changed?


Mr Dam: In recent years, public attitudes towards the disabled have been changed as many are very energetic and can manage well to surmount the difficulties of life. With support from the State and families, they have gradually integrated into the community. Many of them perform roles as owners of high-tech businesses which provide jobs for people in the same circumstances alongside non-disabled workers. However, there remains discriminatory treatment against the disabled, it is assumed they can’t do anything but rely on their families and State subsidies. This has impeded them from fully integrating into the community.


Reporter: Vietnam has approximately 5.4 million disabled people. What do think about this figure compared to the number in the world? What should we do to minimise this figure?


Mr Dam: The current figures might actually be some what inaccurate due to the evaluation criteria for the disabled. In my opinion, the number of disabled in Vietnam may continue increasing in the future as people are facing dangers such as bad transport, epidemics, a polluted environment and poor healthcare services.


Therefore, it is necessary to reduce the number of handicapped people by building programmes for orthopedics, functional rehabilitation and preventing accidental injury.


Reporter: It is said that the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is planning to develop social affairs-related careers. Could you please tell more about this issue?


Mr Dam: The Prime Minister has signed Decision No 32 on developing social-affairs-related careers. Like other countries in the world, Vietnam should consider such social activities to be a knowledge-based career the same as other careers. In life, we may all face unpredictable difficulties or misfortune and when that happens, we will need help from social organizations. Consequently, the State and localities should build social consultation centres to deal with issues related to family violence, child trafficking and abandoned children to ensure social welfare for the disabled as well as able-bodied people.


Reporter:  Thank you so much.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam has market economy, says Argentine leader

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm




Vietnam has market economy, says Argentine leader


QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Argentinean government recognizes that Vietnam has a market economy, which is in line with its agreements signed at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during their talk on April 16.


Mr Dung said he hailed the decision by the Argentine government and hoped that it will increase bilateral ties of trade and investment.


The two leaders agreed to further boost cooperation in various other fields.


PM Dung conveyed State President Triet’s invitation to visit Vietnam to President Fernandez de Kirchner who accepted the invitation and said she will invite footballer Maradona to join her. She proposed the two countries complete an agreement allowing Argentina to help Vietnam develop its football.


More bilateral cooperation between legislative bodies


On April 17, PM Dung met with the Chairman of the Argentine Senate, Julio Cobos, and attended a ground-breaking ceremony for construction of the Ho Chi Minh statue in Vietnam Park in Buenos Aires.


During the meeting, Mr Dung expressed his hope that the Argentine Senate will continue working to create legal avenues for comprehensive bilateral relations. He supports the two legislative bodies exchanging experiences in building a law-governed State and assisting each other in international and multilateral forums.


Argentina is one of Vietnam’s important partners in South America; two-way trade between the two countries reached more than US$630 million in 2009.


PM Dung and his entourage are scheduled to visit Mendoza, one of Argentina’s biggest states on April 18.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Hanoi to host int’l ministerial conference on pandemic flu

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm




Hanoi to host int’l ministerial conference on pandemic flu


QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The International Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza (IMCAPI Hanoi 2010) will be held in Hanoi on April 19-21.


The conference is expected to draw about 150 delegations comprising 700 delegates involved in the agriculture, livestock and health sectors from 77 nations around the world, said a press briefing held by USAID in Hanoi on April 16.


The conference will assess global progress in controlling highly pathogenic avian (A/H5N1) and pandemic flu and experiences and models from different countries. It will also review the global response to the current influenza pandemic.


Participants are expected to discuss and reach an agreement on a consensus ministerial statement that will guide future cooperation and coordination among countries and international organisations in 2010 and beyond. 


Avian influenza was reported for the first time in Asia in 2003 and spread to other countries, said Jean Marc Olive, WHO Chief Representative in Vietnam, adding that the disease has to date infected 491 people, resulting in 290 deaths.


The spread of the disease and the number of cases of infection and death is less than in the previous years the disease appeared. It is now reported in only Egypt, Vietnam and Indonesia.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Kids these days, over 1000 exceptional youths gather in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm




Kids these days, over 1000 exceptional youths gather in Hanoi


QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Congress of Vietnam Youth Union will take place in Hanoi on April 26-27, drawing more than a thousand outstanding young people at home and abroad.


Many activities will be held during the two-day congress, including a music show entitled “Aspiration of Youth” on the evening of April 26 and a night party on April 27 evening. 


After the congress convenes, 80 young deputies will visit and present gifts to soldiers on the Truong Sa (Spratly) islands from April 28 to May 7. Twenty-five groups of young doctors will provide free health check-ups to poor people and disabled kids. 


Before the congress, outstanding youngsters in all provinces and cities have participated in a campaign named “Act for the Community”, under which they donate blood to hospitals, build public works for the poor, and teach new scientific advances to rural young people.


Source: VietnamNet


Source: QDND

Ash cloud causes Europe flight chaos, airlines suffer

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

Britain and Ireland reimposed flight bans early Saturday as the huge cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland kept millions of air travellers stranded across Europe.


After Friday saw some 16,000 flights cancelled by the drifting dust amid the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II, air traffic had controllers warned that the cloud was likely to cause fresh travel disruption.


That was confirmed early Saturday when Britain’s air authorities reintroduced a flight ban on the country’s entire airspace.


“Current forecasts show that the situation is worsening throughout Saturday,” said NATS, which manages British airspace. It also extended the existing by six hours to 7:00 pm (1800 GMT).


Ireland also reimposed a total flight ban in its airspace until at least 1700 GMT.


“No commercial passenger flights including North American traffic will operate from any Irish airport during this period,” said a statement from the Irish Aviation Authority.


Earlier, Italy’s civil aviation authority announced airspace across the north of the country would be shut down for eight hours on Saturday as the ash cloud passed.


Eurocontrol, which coordinates air traffic control in 38 nations, had said the ash was moving east and southeast and warned of “significant disruption of air traffic (Saturday)”.


Justifying the widespread airport closures aviation officials have explained that airplane engines could become clogged up and stop working if they tried to fly through the ash.


In the past 20 years, there have been 80 recorded encounters between aircraft and volcanic clouds, causing the near-loss of two Boeing 747s with almost 500 people on board and damage to 20 other planes, experts said.


The International Air Transport Association meanwhile warned Friday of the economic fallout from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southeast Iceland.


According to their figures it was costing airlines more than 200 million dollars (230 million euros) a day.


More smoke and ash had spewed out of the volcano Friday, building up the cloud, which then blew east to stretch from the Atlantic to the Russian capital Moscow and from the Arctic Circle south to Bulgaria.


Europe’s three biggest airports — London Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt — were closed by the ash, leaving passengers stranded across the world as a global flight backlog built up.


Eurocontrol said only 12,000 of the daily 28,000 flights in the affected zone would take off Friday, after about 6,000 were cancelled the day before.


Austria, Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland shut down all or most of their airspace.


Lithuania and Norway had gradually reopened theirs.


Budget airline Ryanair cancelled all its flights in northern Europe and the Baltics until 1200 GMT Monday.

Germany closed all its airports Friday, forcing flag carrier Lufthansa, Europe’s biggest airline, to cancel all its flights.

The Eurostar Channel tunnel rail service reported thousands of passengers rushing to get places on its London-Paris trains. It laid on three extra trains, but still could not keep up with demand.

The shutdown also played havoc with diplomatic schedules.

Poland had considered delaying Sunday’s funeral of president Lech Kaczynski because the cloud threatened the flights of US President Barack Obama and other world leaders, but a senior presidential aide insisted it would go ahead.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was stranded in Lisbon, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva in Prague and a UN Security Council delegation cancelled a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo that would have flown out of Paris.

Even US pop superstar Whitney Houston had to take a car ferry from Britain to Ireland for a concert in Dublin.

And comedy legend John Cleese, in what sounds like a sketch from his Monty Python days, reportedly paid 5,100 dollars for taxi ride from Oslo to Brussels.

The volcano on the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted on Wednesday, sending ash drifting towards Europe at an altitude of about eight to 10 kilometres (five to six miles).


 

Source: SGGP

Huge crowds expected for Poland crash memorial

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

Hundreds of thousands of mourners were expected Saturday at a memorial for victims of Poland’s air crash tragedy, as a volcanic cloud threatened to keep world leaders from the president’s funeral.


The service, in a historic Warsaw square that has previously hosted papal masses, comes a week after a plane carrying president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others crashed in Russia, killing all on board.


Sirens wailed and church bells rang across Poland Saturday at 8:56 am (0656 GMT), the exact time a week ago when a plane crash in Russia killed the Polish president and 95 others.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus delivers a speech during a memorial mass to honour Poland’s late president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria at the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

Cars on the streets in the centre of the capital Warsaw drew to a halt and pedestrians stood still solemnly, as a day of commemoration began for what has been called the nation’s worst peacetime tragedy.


Kaczynski and his wife are set to be buried on Sunday in the southern city of Krakow. But the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that has disrupted air travel could prevent dignitaries including US President Barack Obama from attending.


Sirens are set to wail and church bells will ring across the country at exactly 8:56 am (0656 GMT), the time a week ago when the plane came down in what has been dubbed Poland‘s worst peacetime disaster.


In Warsaw, the four-hour memorial service starts at noon in Pilsudski Square, which is also home to Poland’s tomb of the unknown soldier.


It has been the traditional site of national events including a vast mass held by late Polish pope John Paul II when he visited his deeply Catholic homeland in 1979.


During the past week mourners have covered the square with coloured candles, while a huge stage with black and white photos of the dead has been set up.


In a bitter irony, the presidential jet came down while carrying a delegation to a ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when 22,000 Polish officers were slaughtered by Soviet forces in World War II.


The crash scythed through the upper echelons of Polish society: victims of the crash included the country’s military chief, the heads of all three armed forces, the governor of the central bank and the head of the country’s Olympic committee.


Iconic opponents of the country’s former communist rulers were also on the plane, as well as relatives of Katyn victims.


After the mass in the square on Saturday, the closed coffins of Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who have been lying in state in the presidential palace since Tuesday, will be taken to nearby St. John’s Cathedral.


Warsaw’s Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz will lead a service followed by an overnight vigil.


The bodies will arrive in Krakow on Sunday morning for the funeral in the cathedral of Krakow’s hilltop Wawel castle, where Poland’s past kings and national heroes already lie.


But the attendance of foreign leaders including Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was in doubt after Poland joined other European nations and closed its airspace on Friday due to the spreading volcanic ash cloud.


Almost 80 foreign delegations had been due to land at Krakow airport Sunday.


Kaczynski’s family have insisted the funeral go ahead as planned on Sunday.

The government meanwhile said there had been no cancellations by foreign leaders so far.

“To a large degree it all depends on which way the wind blows,” Krakow city spokesman Filip Szatanik told AFP.

The family’s earlier decision to bury Kaczynski, a divisive political figure in life due to his conservative, nationalist policies, at Wawel castle sparked protests and a Facebook campaign during the week but they have died down.

His identical twin brother Jaroslaw, who served as prime minister between 2006 and 2007, could stand in early presidential elections expected on June 20.

One opponent could be the likely liberal candidate and current interim president Bronislaw Komorowski.

Russian and Polish investigators are continuing to probe the cause of the crash. Russian officials said that they suspected pilot error following the first analysis of the black box recorders of the Russian-made Tupolev Tu-154.

Source: SGGP

China cremates earthquake victims

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

 Buddhist monks rushed to cremate hundreds of China quake victims over sanitation fears Saturday as hopes dimmed of finding further survivors among the more than 400 still listed as missing.


Naked, bloodied and bruised corpses were piled on a massive funeral pyre outside the shattered town of Jiegu on the remote Tibetan plateau and lit by chanting Buddhist monks, three days after the quake killed more than 1,100.


The scale of the calamity and fears of disease forced a break from traditional Tibetan “sky burials” in which corpses are left on mountaintops to decompose or be consumed by vultures.


“We have never had a disaster like this. We have never had so many people die. Cremation is the only way to send these souls off,” said Jiemi Zhangsuo, head of the area’s main Buddhist monastery that handled the ceremony.

Buddhist monks watch a mass cremation on a hillside in Jiegu, Yushu County

But the struggle was far from over for the devastated area of Qinghai province, with thousands left homeless and injured as authorities fought to get sufficient relief personnel and aid to the isolated region.


The official death toll of 1,144 looked set to rise with officials saying on Saturday that more than 400 people were still missing and almost 1,200 seriously injured.


In contrast with official figures, monks in the overwhelmingly ethnic Tibetan region said they cremated 1,400 people at the ceremony, but AFP could not independently confirm that figure.


More than 11,000 people were injured in Wednesday’s quake on the high Tibetan plateau, which caused flimsy traditional mud and wood dwellings to collapse.


Infrastructure in Jiegu, the main population centre in the quake-hit region, has been shattered, with the water supply “basically paralysed”, Xia Xueping, spokesman for relief efforts, told a news briefing in the town.


President Hu Jintao returned to Beijing on Saturday after cutting short an overseas trip due to the quake, cancelling visits to Venezuela and Chile, which is still recovering from its own quake disaster.


About 13,000 rescue personnel had arrived in the region to aid rescue and recovery efforts, pulling more than 1,200 people from the rubble of collapsed buildings and bringing relief supplies, state media reported.


But Geng Yang, head of Qinghai’s civil affairs bureau, told a news briefing in Jiegu that essential items such as food, drinking water, cold-weather tents, quilts and clothing remained in short supply in the hard-to-reach area.


The Qinghai government has meanwhile warned of a growing disease threat due to sanitation risks including damage to water supplies that could leave them polluted, although no such outbreaks had yet been reported.


A light snowfall began Saturday in the region, where relief efforts have also been complicated by sub-zero temperatures at night and scant oxygen due to the altitude of around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet).


At least 200 trained rescuers were forced to leave the area after they began suffering from altitude sickness, state-run Xinhua news agency said Saturday.


More than 1,000 aftershocks have been detected, including one Saturday morning with a magnitude of 5.1 that was centred about 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Jiegu, according to the US Geological Survey.


State media said earlier the dead included more than 100 students and 12 teachers as schools and dormitories collapsed, with dozens more missing, recalling the devastating 2008 quake in neighbouring Sichuan.


Thousands of students were among the 87,000 killed or missing in that disaster amid allegations shoddy construction was to blame.

Rescuers suffering altitude sickness pulled a 13-year-old girl and an elderly Tibetan woman with broken legs from the rubble on Friday, 57 hours after the quake, Xinhua said.

But hopes of finding other survivors were fading three days after the disaster.

“The first 72 hours offers the best chance of survival after such a calamity strikes,” Xi Mei, a medical attendant with the China International Rescue Medical Team, told Xinhua.

Source: SGGP

Iran wants ‘atomic criminal’ US suspended from IAEA

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

 Iran slammed “atomic criminal” the United States on Saturday and called for its suspension from the UN nuclear body, urging changes at the UN Security Council and in the Non-proliferation Treaty.


Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in an opening message to a two-day nuclear disarmament conference hosted by Tehran, said the use of nuclear weapons was “haram”, meaning religiously prohibited, and branded Washington as the world’s “only atomic criminal.”


Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went a step further and called for Washington’s suspension from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) along with all other nations who possess nuclear arms.


“Only the US government has commited an atomic crime,” said a message read out from the all-powerful Khamenei, who formulates Tehran’s foreign policy, including its nuclear strategy.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) watches as Iran’s atomic organization chief, Ali Akbar Salehi unveils a mock up of an enriched uranium pellet during a ceremony in Tehran April 9

“The world’s only atomic criminal lies and presents itself as being against nuclear weapons proliferation, while it has not taken any serious measures in this regard,” he said.


Ahmadinejad, under whose presidency Iran has aggressively pushed ahead with its controversial nuclear programme despite three sets of UN sanctions, attacked the present structure of the UN Security Council, the IAEA and even the NPT.


“An independent international group which plans and oversees nuclear disarmament and prevents proliferation should be set up,” he said as he opened the conference attended by several foreign ministers and UN officials.


He said those who “possess, have used or threatened to use nuclear weapons be suspended from the IAEA and its board of governors, especially the US which has used a weapon made of atomic waste in the Iraq war.”


Ahmadinejad did not elaborate on that charge but his remark is expected to irk allies Russia and China. Both are nuclear states and have veto powers in the UN Security Council, but have so far hesitated to back a fourth set of sanction against Tehran.


Ahmadinejad said “the right to veto, which is undemocratic, inhumane and unfair, should either be annulled or if some insist on having this right, then some countries from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe should also have the right to veto in order to reduce its negative outcomes.”


Khamenei and Ahmadinejad have been particularly infuriated in recent days with Washington over its new nuclear policy unveiled last week.


The policy limits the countries against which Washington might use its nuclear arsenal, but singles out Iran and North Korea as exceptions for flouting UN Security Council regulations over their nuclear programmes.


Ahmadinejad even called for the review of the NPT of which Iran is a member and so considers its right to enrich uranium, the most controversial aspect of its nuclear programme.


“The review of the NPT must be done by independent countries who do not possess nuclear arms,” he said, adding that “the presence of those possessing weapons especially US prevents the drawing up of a fair treaty.”


Iranian atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Friday that the Tehran meeting will serve as preparation for the next NPT review in New York early next month, which Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki plans to attend.


The Tehran conference comes just days after Washington ended its high-profile nuclear summit which Iran criticised on the grounds that the United States holds one of the world’s largest stocks of nuclear weapons.


At the summit, Obama pressed China and other UN Security Council skeptics to back a fourth set of sanctions against Iran for its controversial uranium enrichment programme that Western states say masks a drive for atomic arms.


Foreign ministers from Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, the Central African Republic, Oman, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Swaziland are participating in the Tehran conference, while Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are represented by their deputy foreign ministers, an offical said.

A special aide of the Chinese foreign minister, representatives of the United Nations and IAEA and the chief of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will also be present, he said.

Source: SGGP