Weekly report: Zarif Latin America tour

August 28, The Iran Project – Iran’s Foreign Minister mohammad Javad Zarif Latin America tour that including Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei receiving President Hassan Rouhani and his Cabinet, Renowned Iranian actor Davoud Rashidi passing away and Iraqi Hezbollah al-Nujaba Secretary General Sheikh Akram al Kaabi visit to Iran dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (August 22–August 28).

 

Politics

 

Iran unveils new defense equipment in National Defense Industry Day

Iran has unveiled a set of defense facilities during the ceremony held to mark the National Defense Industry Day in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

President, cabinet renew allegiance with late Founder of Islamic Republic

President Hassan Rouhani and members of his cabinet renewed allegiances with the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini on Tuesday.

Zarif meets with Cuban president

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conferred issues of mutual interest with Cuban President Raúl Castro early Tuesday.

Zarif meets Nicaraguan President Ortega

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega here on Tuesday night local time.

Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of US ship; US official claim

Four vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “harassed” a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a “high speed intercept” in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official claim on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Aracqhi: JCPOA is UNSC’s approval on Iran’s nuclear program

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined that the UN Security Council’s seal of approval was put on Iran’s nuclear program with the realization of the JCPOA and the world also welcomed the same move.

Iranian FM meets with Ecuadorian president

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Wednesday and they discussed ways of boosting regional and international cooperation between the two countries.

Leader receives President Rouhani, cabinet members

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met here Wednesday with President Hassan Rouhani and the members of the cabinet.

Iran unveils VTOL drone for aerial photography

Iran’s Defense Ministry on Saturday unveiled a homegrown Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities used for aerial photography.

Official confirms cyber attacks on Iran’s petchem industry

Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali confirmed cyber attacks targeting the country’s petchem industry, but said they were not the cause of recent blazes in some petrochemical complexes.

Pres. Maduro hails Iran as ‘power of peace’ in world

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro described the Islamic Republic as the ‘power of peace’ in the world, calling for further expansion of ties between Latin American countries and Iran.

Economy

Iran, Ecuador sign three cooperation documents

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Ecuador have signed three banking and agricultural cooperation documents.

President: 1.23m bpd oil exported

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran now exports as much as 1,230,000 bpd and 2,579,000 bpd gas condensates.

Zarif gives assurances to foreign banks for investment in Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced Iran’s readiness to remove all foreign banks’ concerns in the field of cooperation with Iran by obtaining letter of assurances from the special section of supervising sanctions in the US treasury.

Oil min. to attend Algeria OPEC meeting

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has announced that he will participate in a meeting of OPEC ministers in Algeria in September.

Iran assumes SEANZA presidency

During the 30th SEANZA’s meeting of central bank governors in Nepal, Iran received the rotating presidency of the establishment.

Society

Iran’s Olympic squad finishes 25th with 8 medals

The Iranian sports caravan managed to collect eight medals in 2016 Rio Olympic Games in order to finish 25th in the final standings table.

Iranian mosque cleans air

There is a mosque in central Tehran dubbed ‘Aljavad Mosque’ which is one of the leading mosques of the world in terms of cleaning the air.

Iranian students stand 3rd in int’l Olympiad in Informatics

Iranian students won two gold and two silver medals in the 28th International Olympiad in Informatics, standing in the third position.

3 Iranian films among 21st century top 100 movies

Three Iranian movies have been enlisted in the 21st century’s top three movies, BBC reported.

Renowned Iranian actor passes away

Davoud Rashidi, a veteran actor in Iranian cinema and theater, went to his last resting place on Friday morning.

Regional Affairs

Tehran-Ankara relations of strategic nature

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, top adviser of the Iranian parliament speaker, stated that Turkey may play a constructive role in fighting terrorism in Syria.

Syria won’t reach democracy with Assad, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syria will never “reach democracy” under the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran- India relations can help eradicate terrorism: Shamkhani

A senior Iranian official says Iran and India have the potential to help put an end to crises in the Middle East and fight terrorism in the region.

Presidential aide seriously defends decision to allow Russian fighter jets’ refueling in Iran

Ali Younesi, a top assistant to the Iranian President and a former Intelligence Minister, underlined that the permission to the Russian fighter jets to refuel and carry out anti-terrorism flights from Hamadan base in Western Iran was important and a correct step.

Turkey allows female police officers to wear hijab

For the first time ever, the Turkish government has allowed female police officers to wear a headscarf as part of their uniform.

 

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