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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, May 30

Xinhua
30 May 2020, 23:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that he is concerned about a second wave of COVID-19 infections, which he believes would dampen consumer confidence and hurt economic recovery.

"So there is clearly a risk of a second outbreak or a second wave. And you know, that will be challenging," Powell made the remarks in a virtual discussion with former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder, held by the Princeton University.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his country is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).

"We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs," Trump said during a press conference at the White House.

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DUBLIN -- Irish Minister for Health Simon Harris on Friday described U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to cut ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) as an "awful decision."

He made the remark in his twitter account shortly after Trump announced that his country is terminating its relationship with the WHO at a press conference held at the White House on Friday afternoon.

"Awful decision. Now more than ever the world needs multilateralism. A global pandemic requires the world to work together," Harris tweeted.

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TEHRAN -- Regional countries' cooperation would ensure the security of maritime interests in the Gulf, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Friday.

The Gulf littoral states should avoid making a "strategic mistake" by allowing the U.S. navy into the Gulf, as the presence of the U.S. forces would make the region insecure, Hatami was quoted as saying by the state TV.

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