Weekly report: Rouhani Southeast Asia Tour

October 9, The Iran Project –  Controversy over dress code  for the next year’s Women’s World Chess Championship due to be held in Iran, Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel visit to Iran, Former Swedish foreign minister Nils Daniel Carl Bildt trip to Iran, Iranians holding mourning ceremony for Imam Hossein (AS) martyrdom nationwide and President Hassan Rouhani Southeast Asia tour that including Vietnam, Malaysia & Thailan dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Oct 03– Oct 09).

 

Politics

FM: Iran not to tolerate US non-commitment to N. deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that his country will show proper reaction to the US violation of its undertakings under the last year nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iranian President, Vietnamese PM meet in Hanoi

Visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks on issues of mutual interests on Thursday.

Good news on joining ITER to be heard

AEOI spokesperson has said there has been much progress in Iran’s efforts to join ITER as having observer status.

PM Razak officially welcomes President Rouhani to Malyasia

President Hassan Rouhani was officially welcomed by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya on Friday.

Small failures in JCPOA implementation can create big issues: IAEA chief

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the implementation of last year’s landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries is still “fragile,” warning that small failures in the process can have grave consequences.

Rouhani calls for Muslim world’s support for Palestinian nation

President Rouhani stressing the need for strengthening the unity and brotherhood among all Muslims, said Muslim countries should help oppressed Palestinian people and the people of other Islamic countries.

Canada PM slams previous gov’t for cutting Iran ties

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday criticized the previous government in the North American nation for severing diplomatic ties with Iran.

Leader leads mourning ceremonies on Imam Hossein martyrdom anniv.

Mourning ceremonies, attended by Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei , were held in Tehran on Saturday on the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (AS), the third Shia Imam.

Economy

Boeing ‘making progress’ on airplane deal with Iran: CEO

Aircraft maker Boeing Co (BA.N) is making progress on a deal to provide more than 100 commercial airplanes to Iran though none will be delivered in 2016, the company’s top executive said on Tuesday.

Tehran, Hanoi sign MoU for visa lifting, IT cooperation

Iran and Vietnam on Thursday signed two documents for bilateral cooperation in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Vietnamese President Trần Đại Quang.

US further eases Iran sanctions after nuclear deal

The Obama administration is further easing sanctions on Iran, making it easier for foreign firms to do business with the country following last year’s nuclear deal.

Iran welcomes Malaysia investment in its oil, gas sector: President

President Hassan Rouhani in a joint press conference with the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Friday urged Malaysian companies to invest in Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemical sector.

NIOC, Tatneft ink MoU for feasibility study on Deholoran oil field

Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Ali Kardor and Director General of Russian Tatneft Nail Ulfatovich Maganov signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Saturday.

Society

11,000 foreign tourists visit Neyasar, Kashan

Mayor of Neyasar in center of the country Sobhan Nazari said that 11,000 foreign tourists have visited historical monuments and tourist attractions of Neyasar in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20).

Women’s World Championship to stay in Iran – FIDE

The world chess body, FIDE, has ruled out moving next year’s women’s World Championship out of Iran. While the two Indian players – Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli – who have qualified for the event don’t mind adhering to the mandatory Islamic dress code, some of the world’s top players have expressed their consternation. Tehran, the country’s capital, is scheduled to host the February 2017 event.

Iran unveils satire book about nuclear talks

In a ceremony held in Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Centre, a book titled The Elegant [which means Zarif in Persian] Aspects of Negotiations was unveiled.

Iran wins Uzbekistan to rule the roost

Iran’s national football squad has defeated Uzbekistan in Tashkent 1-0 in Pool A of Asian qualifiers of Moscow 2018 World Cup.

Your boycott won’t help Iranian women

When the World Chess Federation designated Iran host of the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championship games, Mitra Hejazipour was thrilled. She is awomen’s grandmaster. She learned chess at 6, played in her first formal championship at age 9, and, now 23, she has spent her life traveling the world for chess tournaments and returning to the Islamic Republic of Iran with shiny medals.

Regional Affairs

Targeting civilians not in Damascus interest: Syrian leader

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed as untrue accusations that government forces target hospitals and civilian infrastructure in the war-torn country, saying such actions run contrary to Damascus’ interests.

Diplomacy only solution to Syrian crisis: Iran

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday that diplomacy and dialogue are the only solutions to the Syrian crisis.

UN envoy hails Iran’s efforts to resolve Syrian crisis

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura highlighted Iran’s influential role in the Middle East region and its efforts to help resolve the protracted war in Syria.

Head of Iraq’s Shia National Alliance urges inclusion of all blocs

Ammar al-Hakim, the newly elected leader of the National Alliance, the largest political bloc in Iraq’s parliament, said he pursues integrity and greater efficiency with the inclusion of all Iraqi parties, including Muqtada al-Sadr’s al-Ahrar bloc.

UNSC vetoes rival resolutions on Syria sponsored by Russia and France

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has vetoed two rival resolutions proposed by Russia and France on the escalating situation in Syria and the war-torn city of Aleppo in particular.