Weekly report: Iran’s Leader message on 2016 Hajj pilgrimage

September 11, The Iran Project – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah seyyed Ali Khamenei issuing Hajj message, President of French National Assembly Claude Bartolone visit to Iran, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien trip to Iran, Iran marking the 38th anniversary of the massacre of protesters in Tehran by the country’s former US-backed regime, Leader receiving families of Hajj martyrs, Iranians holding massive rallies to protest Saudi and Bahraini crimes and Iran & Russia starting the construction of the second unit of a nuclear power plant near the Iranian southern port city of Bushehr dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Sep 05 – Sep 11).

 

 

Politics

 

Hajj hijacked by oppressors, Muslims should reconsider management of Hajj: Ayatollah Khamenei

Because of Saudi rulers’ oppressive behavior towards God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management of the two holy places and the issue of hajj.

Iranians’ Islam different from what Saudi terror masters preach: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the religion of Iran and most of the Muslim world is nothing like that of Saudi Arabian Wahhabis.

President Rouhani urges rapid implementation of Iran nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on all parties to the July 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to quickly fulfill their obligations under the deal.

Supreme Leader receives families of Mina martyrs

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei receives family members of the Mina victims today.

Supreme Leader demands UN inquiry into deaths of Iranian pilgrims, blood money

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday demanded an international and Islamic inquiry into deaths of Iranian pilgrims and blood money the Saudis must pay to the families who lost their loved ones.

Foreign Ministry to follow up Leader’s message on Hajj

The Foreign Ministry will follow up Supreme Leader’s message on this year’s Hajj in all aspects, it was announced on Thursday by Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour.

Iran starts construction of Bushehr-2 power-generating unit

The execution operations on the construction of the second unit at the site of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, known as the Bushehr-2 project, has begun on Sat. with Iran’s first VP in attendance.

US admits Iran honors its obligations in nuclear deal 

A senior US State Department official has verified Iran’s commitment to its nuclear obligations.

Tehran to deepen military-technical, anti-terror cooperation with Moscow

Tehran seeks to step up its military and counterterrorism cooperation with Moscow, Iran’s vice-president said.

 

Economy

 

No commitment given to FATF

Economy minister, while stressing that no commitment has been given to Financial Action Task Force (FATF), voiced Iran’s readiness to launch conditional cooperation with the international body.

Paris, important economic partner for Tehran: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Paris is an important partner for Tehran in economic relations, saying the two sides enjoy vast common views on regional issues.

Poland’s Lotos may sign long-term oil supply deal with Iran

Polish refiner Lotos could sign a long-term oil deal with Iran after receiving its first supplies from Iran last month, the deputy head of Lotos said on Thursday.

Ban on luxury cars still in place

Iran’s Auto Importers Association announced that the recent report about “lifting the ban on luxury cars” has been misinterpreted. According to the director of the organization, Maysam Rezaei, the new court ruling only applies to cars that have entered the country before the imposition of the ban on imported cars with engines over 2.5 liters.

Iran has right to raise oil output: Algeria

The Algerian energy minister has lent weight to Iran’s bid to regain market share through stepped-up oil production despite objections from Saudi Arabia.

 

Society

 

Khadem elected to United World Wrestling bureau

President of Iran Wrestling Federation Rasoul Khadem has been elected as the new member of United World Wrestling’s executive committee known as the bureau.

Iran, FAO sign agreement to save Lake Oroumiyeh

FAO signed an agreement with the Urmia (Oroumiyeh) Lake Restoration Commission (ULRC) in Tehran to lend substantive technical assistance for the execution of an integrated program that aims ultimately to secure sustainable water resources management in the Urmia Lake basin.

Iran home to 19 UNESCO-registered sites

Iran is home to 19 UNESCO-registered sites, including the ancient city of Bisotun and the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis.

Iranian female sports shooter stands out in 2016 Rio Paralympics

Iranian female sports shooter Sareh Javanmardi has put in a brilliant performance at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and claimed the top podium place in the P2 10m air pistol shooting competitions of the major international multi-sport event.

Remnants of 2m-year-old elephant discovered in Iran 

The remains of an elephant which date back to two million years ago were found in a county named Bileh Savar located in Iran’s north-western province of Ardabil.

 

Regional Affairs

 

UNICEF: 50 million children uprooted by crises

War and poverty have forced 50 million children around the world from their homes, according to UNICEF.

Israeli PM, Palestinian president agree to meet for talks in Moscow: Russia

Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow as Russia hopes for the revival of the so-called peace talks.

Millions of Muslims gather in Mecca for Hajj pilgrimage

Millions of Muslims from around the world are gathering in Saudi Arabia to perform special ceremonies for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Russia, US agree coordinated airstrikes in Syria

Russia and the United States have reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria as part of a plan to find a political solution to the years-long crisis in the Arab country.

Bahrainis hold demonstrations in solidarity with Sheikh Qassim

Bahraini people have staged anti-regime demonstrations across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom in support of distinguished Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim, who recently had his citizenship removed by the Al Khalifah regime.