Weekly report: Moscow talks on Syria

October 30, The Iran Project – The first flight of Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) landing in Iran, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidential Council Bakir Izetbegovic trip to Iran and meeting with Iranian senior officials, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attending Moscow trilateral talks on Syria and EU Foreign Affairs Head Federica Mogherini visit to Iran for Syria talks dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Oct.24–30).

 

Politics

Iran nuclear negotiator cleared of spying charges

Iran’s intelligence minister said Tuesday that a British-Iranian member of its nuclear negotiating team had been cleared of spying allegations, state media reported.

IRGC navy unveils new suicide drone

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy unveiled a new marine unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used for reconnaissance and combat operations and even suicide attacks.

Finland President, Zarif discuss bilateral ties, regional issues

Finland President Sauli Niinisto and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday held talks on bilateral ties and the regional issues.

Enemies seek to divert attention from Israeli crimes: Shamkhani

A senior Iranian official has warned that the global arrogance has been sowing discord among Muslim nations to divert attention from Israel’s crimes.

Iran, Russia have progress in all spheres of bilateral relations – Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif considers the relations between Iran and Russia to reach significant progress.

Sanctities no means for meager goals: Iran to Saudi, UAE

Iran has called on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to stop exploiting Islamic sanctities as a means for their own trivial goals after Riyadh claimed, in an allegation later dismissed, that a ballistic missile by the Yemeni army forces and allied fighters had targeted the holy Saudi city of Mecca and the UAE rehashed the accusations that Iran is arming the Yemeni forces.

Zarif, Mogherini discuss issues of mutual interest

The visiting European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini met with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif here on Saturday morning.

Iran’s President: JCPOA survival hinges on other party’s full commitment

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that in order for the July 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to be maintained, it is necessary that the other party fulfil all its obligations under the deal.

Economy

U.S. House to vote on Iran Sanctions Act renewal as soon as November

The Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives plan a vote as soon as mid-November on a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act, congressional aides told Reuters on Tuesday.

Iran, Finland sign four MoUs

Iran and Finland inked four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate in energy, communication, technology, environment and investment sectors.

Iran to purchase 500 aircrafts in 8 years

Iran’s deputy has announced that 400 to 500 aeroplanes will be added to the country’s aviation fleet within eight years.

Iranian FM positively assesses decisions on North-South transport corridor

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Friday that decisions on developing the North-South Transport Corridor, made during the trilateral meeting of Iranian, Azerbaijani and Russian leaders in Baku, were positive.

OPEC confirmation of oil freezing deal to depend on Iraq, Iran

OPEC decision to freeze oil production will depend on the positions of Iraq and Iran, Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natik Aliyev said on Saturday.

Society

German football legend Michael Ballack thanks Iran’s Ali Karimi in Farsi

Ballack, who has recently joined Instagram, was welcomed by Ali Karimi who posted in Farsi and invited his numerous fans to follow the page of the German footballer.

Electric vehicle for tourists

The mayor of Yazd has unveiled a new all-electric vehicle for tourists visiting the historic location.

UCI picks Iran outfit as best cycling team in Asia

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has named the national Iranian men’s cycling team as the greatest team in Asia, thanks to its outstanding performances at continental sports events.

Happy day of “Cyrus the great”: ‘The king of Persia’

October 29 (7th of Aban) is nominated as the international day of “Cyrus the Great”, the King of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world, also known as the Cyrus Cylinder.

Nature’s wonders: Two-Headed turtle born in Iran

A two-headed turtle has been born in Khatam, a city in Iran’s central Yazd Province, The Tehran Times reported.

 

Regional Affairs

Palestinian President Abbas holds rare meeting with senior Hamas leaders in Doha

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has held a rare meeting with two senior leaders of the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas in the Qatari capital, Doha.

FMs of Iran, Syria, Russia meet in Moscow

Foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Syria have started trilateral talks on a political solution to the Syria crisis besides a serious fight against the Takfiri terror groups operating in the Arab country.

Results of trilateral talks of Russian, Syrian and Iranian top diplomats

Russian, Syrian and Iranian Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov, Walid Muallem and Mohammad Javad Zarif held a trilateral meeting on the Syrian developments on October 28.

Bahrainis express solidarity with Sheikh Isa Qassim

Bahraini anti-regime protesters have taken to the streets to express solidarity with senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim.

Hezbollah prevented Lebanon from plunging into crisis: Nasrallah

Secretary General of the Hezbollah resistance movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, says the Lebanese group has managed to protect Lebanon against the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East region, stressing that efforts must be made in order to safeguard such stability.

 

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