Weekly report: Iran’s FM is first to meet Lebanon’s new president

November 13, The Iran Project – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif visit to Lebanon and tour to three Eastern European countries including Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic, French company Total and China’s CNPC signing a major deal with Iran’s Petropars for the development of South Pars Phase, Hungarian National Assembly Laszlo Kover visit to Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials and UN’s Syria envoy in Iran for talks dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov 07– Nov 13).

 

Politics

Iran, Lebanon share common opportunities, challenges: Zarif

Iran has expressed hopes that the Saudis stop their narrow-minded policies and start helping with the fight to rid the region of Takfiri terrorism.

Romanian PM calls for expansion of all-out ties with Iran

Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș here on Wednesday called for expansion of all-out cooperation between Bucharest and Tehran.

Top commander: Iran’s missile power acts as deterrence force

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined that Iran’s missile power prevents the enemies from even thinking of attacking the country.

Iran, Slovakia vowed to boost economic ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, who is visiting Slovakia, the second stop in his Eastern Europe tour, met with his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajčák in Bratislava on Thursday.

Iranian scholar says Trump should apologize

The latest on world reaction to the U.S. presidential election (all times local):

Trump would review Iran deal rather than cancelling it: Adviser

US President-elect will “review” the Iran nuclear agreement, but will stop short of ripping up the landmark international pact, a senior adviser said on Thursday.

Iran says has options if nuclear deal fails

Iran wants all parties to stick to an international nuclear deal but has options if that does not happen, its foreign minister said on Thursday after the U.S. election victory of Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull out of the pact.

Iran, Hungary can have peaceful nuclear cooperation: Pres. Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic and Hungary can enjoy peaceful nuclear cooperation.

Iranian reporter Mohsen Khazaei killed in Syria’s Aleppo

An Iranian reporter has been killed in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo amid fierce fighting between the Syrian forces and terrorists in the flashpoint city.

Economy

Iran reaches lease financing deal for part of Airbus jet order: sources

Iran has reached a deal with a foreign leasing company to finance the first 17 jets it plans to buy from Airbus, breaking a logjam in efforts to import aircraft following the lifting of sanctions, people familiar with the move said.

NIOC, Total, CNPC, Petropars sign $4.8bn gas development deal

National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) signed a $4.8 billion HOA deal with French Total, China National Petroleum Corp. and Iranian Petropars company on Wednesday for development of the phase 11 of South Pars joint gas field.

Zanganeh: Iran’s crude exports stand at 2.44mbd in Oct.

Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh says Iran’s crude exports reached 2.44 million barrels per day as of October.

Austria to open banks in Iran to help trade

Austria says it plans to establish several banks in Iran in what could make it the first European country to take the initiative to facilitate post-sanctions trade activities with the Islamic Republic.

Iran says Trump win not to jeopardize deals

Iran says the election of Donald Trump as the new president of the United States will have no impacts on its industrial deals that it has sealed with global corporations.

Regional Affairs

Officials bar rights activist from leaving Bahrain

Bahraini authorities have prevented a human rights activist from traveling abroad in the latest restrictions imposed by the ruling Al Khalifah regime on the movement of political dissidents.

Humanitarian aid to Syria, Yemen ‘urgent’

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has told Slovak president sending humanitarian aid to Syria and Yemen would better address ongoing crises in war-torn countries.

UN’s Syria envoy in Iran for talks

The United Nations (UN)’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has traveled to the Iranian capital, Tehran, to discuss the ongoing Syrian conflict with Iranian Foreign Ministry officials.

US should attack Daesh terrorists, not President Assad: Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump says the United States should fight the Daesh terrorist group, but stop attacking the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Huge explosion kills 47 people, injures 110 in Pakistan’s Balochistan

At least 47 people, including women and children, have been killed and over 110 others injured in a huge bomb explosion in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Society

Iranian film ‘Muhammad (PBUH)’ to be screened in Russian, Iraqi cinemas soon

Iranian biopic ‘Muhammad (PBUH), the Messenger of God’, the latest work by acclaimed director Majid Majidi, will be screened at movie theaters in Russia and Iraq in the near future, one of the film’s producers announced.

Istanbul hosting Persian art

A solo exhibition of calligraphy paintings by the renowned Iranian artist Ali Shirazi is underway at Abaci Sanat Gallery in Istanbul.

Sea Saviors: Iranian activists rescue and release rare Caspian seal

Iranian activists at a special rehabilitation center on the island of Ashur Ada treat wounded and weakened Caspian seals. Recently, they released their 74th rescued seal back into the sea.

Iran holds funeral for 10 soldiers killed in Syria

Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that a funeral ceremony has been held for 10 soldiers who were killed in Syria.

Iran’s Heidari named Intl. Pahlavani Wrestling Federation president

Retired Iranian wrestler Alireza Heidari has been named the president of the International Pahlavani Wrestling Federation, which came into existence earlier this year as the governing body of the sport.