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Weekly report: 71st UN General Assembly in New York

September 25, The Iran Project – Iran’s President Rouhani visit to Cuba and attending NAM summit, President Rouhani addressing  71st Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and his various meetings with heads of states on UN General Assembly sidelines, Iran’s Armed Forces holding nationwide parades in commemoration of Sacred Defense Week, the country unveil of advanced military equipment and joint commission of Iran & the 5+1 in New York dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Sep 19 – Sep 25).

 

Politics

 

Leader urges Shia-Sunni solidarity

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday urged Shia-Sunni solidarity and avoid provoking sentiments of other Islamic sects.

Top Commander: US largest military aid to Israel prompts Iran’s bolstering defense power

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined that the United States’ largest military aid package in its history ($3.8bln) to Israel has persuaded Iran to further advance and increase its defense power.

Iran unveils advanced military equipment, missile systems in parades

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced that the country put on display a number of state-of-the-art missile systems and military equipment during the nationwide parades on Wednesday.

UN chief calls for Iran’s help to end regional crises

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his meeting on Wednesday with President Hassan Rouhani called for Iran’s help to end the ongoing crises in Syria and Yemen.

Iran, P5+1 hold 5th joint commission in New York

Iran and the 5+1 held their fifth joint commission in deputy foreign ministerial level Wednesday noon local time in the US city where the 71st United Nations General Assembly meeting is underway.

Iranian President calls on US to immediately rectify ‘Flawed’ approach to JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the United States’ lack of compliance with the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, known as the JCPOA, stressing that Washington’s flawed approach should be corrected immediately.

Zarif, Kerry meet in New York

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad0 Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry had a brief bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the foreign ministerial meeting of the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, Germany, France and Britain plus Germany) on Thursday.

Iran warns off American U2 spy plane: Commander

A senior Iranian commander says the country’s air defense forces have warned off an American U2 spy plane trying to fly over Iran’s borders.

Zarif: America did nothing to meet its JCPOA commitments

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said while Iran has stayed faithful to its commitments based on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US has made no real efforts to this end.

Economy

Lukoil set to win two oil deals in Iran

Russia’s second-biggest oil producer Lukoil says it is preparing to present Iran with the findings of its studies over two oil fields in the country – a move which could lead to awarding the development of the fields to the company.

 

Iran committed to oil market stability: OPEC

The OPEC chief says Iran is committed to building consensus among crude producers on stabilizing the oil market which is faced with a massive supply glut.

Siemens gives Iran first post-sanction turbine

German engineering group Siemens says it has shipped the first F-class gas turbine to Iran for the construction of a power plant.

Iran says purchases from Boeing ‘easier’

Iran says it expects the proceedings to purchase planes from US aviation giant Boeing to proceed faster than those with Airbus.

Airbus, Boeing representatives due in Tehran later this month: Minister

Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said Saturday that representatives of Airbus and Boeing will travel to Tehran later this month to finalize talks on Iran’s purchase of passenger planes.

Society

Leader hails Paralympics athletes for achievements

Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a message of appreciation and congratulation to the athletes who participated in Rio 2016 Paralympics games and acquired several medals.

Iran comes 15th in Rio Paralympics medal standings

Iranian national sitting volleyball team defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Paralympic Games final.

Eram Garden, an image of paradise

The idyllic Eram Garden (Bagh-e Eram) in Iran’s southern city of Shiraz is a striking location for visitors with a variety of plants as well as a historic mansion.

President Rouhani’s question for students on new school year

President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday put a question to the students on Saturday on the occasion of the beginning of the new school year in Iran.

Environment official says Iran looking for more international cooperation

Faced with mounting environmental challenges, Iran is implementing an ambitious program to reduce greenhouse gases and restore dried wetlands, but it would benefit from more international cooperation, including a resumption of lending by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a senior official says.

Regional Affairs

US, UK, France knowingly backing Saudi genocide in Yemen: American analyst

A former US Senate foreign policy analyst said Western powers, like the US, Britain and France, are not only fully aware of the Riyadh regime’s genocide in Yemen but also supporting the oil-rich Kingdom in return for petrodollars.

US apologizes to Bashar Assad for airstrike on Syrian troops

“Yes, they [the US] have apologized” for the airstrike on Syrian troops, which killed dozens, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during an interview with the TV channel Rossiya-1, as reported by Sputnik.

Afghanistan peace deal step forward: Iran envoy

An Iranian diplomat says Tehran welcomes as a step forward the recent landmark agreement between the Afghan government and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of a militant group.

Damascus praises Iran, Russia, Hezbollah for non-stop aid to Syria in war against terrorism

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said the Syrian Army is taking wide strides in its war against terrorism, with the support of Iran, Russia and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group that are “the true friends of the Syrian people”.

Iran’s Zarif: Daesh, Al-Nusra will one day turn against Saudi Arabia

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Saudi regime is funding Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, warning that the terrorist groups would one day come back to haunt the kingdom.

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