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Weekly report: Arbaeen: World’s largest peaceful gathering

November 20, The Iran Project – Russian Federation Council chief Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko visit to Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan trip to Iran and signing defense agreement, start of The 8th edition of Iran Air Show in Kish Island, Iran displaying 8 models of home-made drones and Iranians marking Arbaeen anniversary dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov 14– Nov 20).

 

Politics

Iran, China ink defense-military agreement

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan in a meeting in Tehran on Monday signed an agreement to further develop defense and military cooperation between the two countries.

Rouhani: Tehran determined to broaden all-out ties with Moscow

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran is determined to broaden an all-out ties and cooperation with Moscow.

US congress passes bill to extend Iran sanctions over next decade

House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan said that the US Congress has passed a bill seeking to extend sanctions on Iran for another ten years.

Over 2m Iranian pilgrims depart for Karbala

Head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Saeed Ohadi said over 2 million Iranian pilgrims have departed for Karbala to take part in Arbaeen mourning ceremonies.

Leader appoints new Iranian Army second-in-command

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has appointed Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan as the second-in-command of the Iranian Army.

Iranians honor 40 days after Imam Hussein martyrdom anniversary

Iranians of all ages and social strata have taken to the streets and religious commemoration centers across the country, unified by one cause, honoring the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.

Iran ready to help Iraq hold Arba’een rituals: First VP

Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri says the Islamic Republic is ready to provide Iraq with necessary assistance to hold religious rituals commemorating Arba’een, the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.

Spokesman dismisses ‘invalid’ rumors of talks with Europeans to lift visa issuance

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has on Sunday dismissed rumors that talks are underway with a number of European countries to lift visa issuance.

Economy

AIIB ready to join hands with Iran

Iran’s Roads Minister Akhundi and AIIB president Jin Liqun discussed venues for investment of the Asian bank in Iran’s economic projects.

House votes to prohibit sale of commercial aircraft to Iran

The Republican-led House has voted convincingly to approve legislation that would bar the sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran.

Iran beats S Arabia in India oil supply drive

The latest official figures show that Iran for the first time ever overtook Saudi Arabia in October to become India’s top crude oil supplier.

OPEC highly probable to reach accord on freeze plan: Iran

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said: “It is highly probable that oil and energy ministers of the member countries of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will reach an agreement [on production freeze plan] in the November 30 meeting.”

Iran optimistic oil prices can rise

Iran’s oil minister is saying $55 per barrel is achievable for crude if both OPEC and non-OPEC producers cooperate.

Society

Iran, Syria play out goalless draw in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match

Iran men’s national team has been held to a goalless draw against Syria to stay put at the top spot of its group in the third round of the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualification tournament.

Iran to build nanotechnology lab in Cuba

Iran is ready to build a laboratory center equipped with nanotechnology in one of nano institutes in Cuba, Iran’s VP for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said Tuesday.

Iran’s Nejad Katesari wins gold at World Taekwondo Junior Championships

Iranian Mobina Nejad Katesari seized a gold medal on Day 1 of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Junior Championships.

Iranian referees honored after a landmark year

The men’s trio from the Islamic Republic of Iran – Alireza Faghani as well as assistant referees Reza Sokhandan and Mohammad Reza Mansouri – received awards for their outstanding performances.

Luxury train arrives in Iran on maiden journey from Russia

Iran says the luxurious train called the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express has arrived in its northeastern city of Mashhad.

Regional Affairs

Iran boosts air defense coverage during Arbaeen procession

A lieutenant commander of Iran’s Air Defense unveiled special plans to ensure the security of pilgrims performing religious rituals in Iraq on Arbaeen, including enhancement of radar coverage along Iran’s western borders.

600 world reporters, cameramen to cover Arbaeen ceremony on Nov 20

An Iranian official said on Thursday that 600 reporters and cameramen from all over the world are to cover live the Arbaeen mourning ceremony to be held in the Iraqi city of Karbala on November 20.

Iran has relieved Syria’s economic woes says Bashar Assad

Iranian Diplomacy- In its first issue, Tehran Foreign Policy Studies Quarterly, published by Political Studies and Research Institute, features an interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad to discuss the situation in the war-torn country and roots of the crisis. The interview is aimed to “help Iranian elite gain a better perception of what is happening in Syria between the pro-resistance and pro-surrender group”. Select quotes from Bashar Assad’s remarks come in the following”

Palestinians rage at proposed Israeli bill banning Muslim call to prayers

Palestinians have rallied across the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip, voicing outrage at a proposed piece of Israeli legislation that would ban the Muslim call to prayers from being announced via loudspeakers at mosques in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Over 20 million Muslims thronged Karbala for Arbaeen commemoration

Millions of faithful are flocking to the holy Iraqi city of Karabla for the commemoration of Arbaeen, the world’s largest rally of devotion.