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Weekly report: Iran-Russia-Turkey trilateral meeting on Syria

December 25, The Iran Project – President Rouhani unveiling Iran’s “Citizenship Rights Charter”, Iran-Russia-Turkey trilateral meeting on Syria, Iranians celebrating longest night of year ‘Yalda’, President Rouhani’s Central Asia tour that including Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Iranian Deputy FM Hossein Jaberi Ansari visit to Syria and Lebanon and meeting with senior officials, Airbus sealing deal with Iran for sale of 100 aircraft and Iran developing advanced version of tank armor dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Dec 19 – Dec 25).

 

Politics

Russia stands for long-term military cooperation with Iran

The Russian defense minister said Moscow-Tehran relations were characterized by a willingness to coordinate approaches to a wide range of issues.

Iran to reduce heavy water exports due to intl. market oversupply

Iran has decided to export less heavy water because of an oversupply in the international market.

Iranian president in Armenia on first leg of Central Asia tour

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, on the first leg of a Central Asia tour, which will also take him to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of the respective countries’ heads of state.

Production of Iran’s homegrown version of Phalanx CIWS progressing well: Commander

Manufacturing of the Iranian Navy’s indigenized version of the Phalanx, a close-in weapon system (CIWS) on military vessels used for defense against anti-ship missiles, is in good progress, a top commander said.

EU warns Trump not to destroy Iran nuclear deal

European governments are quietly warning the incoming Trump administration that the US will get the blame if any new economic sanctions on Iran lead to the collapse of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran, 6 powers make public restricted nuke deal documents

In an unusual move, Iran and six world powers on Friday released previously restricted documents about their nuclear deal to enforce their view that Tehran is not circumventing limits on its limit of enriched uranium, which could be used to make nuclear weapons.

JCPOA joint commission to convene in January

Austria is going to host a session of the JCPOA joint commission – a group tasked with monitoring commitments to a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers – on January 10, following a request from Iran for addressing the US government’s violation of the accord.

Iran develops advanced version of tank armor: Commander

An Iranian Army Ground Force commander said the country has developed an advanced generation of military tank armor.

Rouhani congratulates world leaders on Christmas 

President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said Merry Christmas to world leaders on the auspicious occasion of birth anniversary of Christ Jesus (PBUH) and advent of the new Christian year.

Economy

Rolls-Royce exploited US sanctions loopholes to trade with Iran

Leaked 2009 memo to then CEO Sir John Rose shows state-owned firms bought nearly 100 turbines between 1975 and 1995.

Airbus seals deal with Iran for sale of 100 aircraft

Airbus (AIR.PA) signed a firm contract on Thursday for the sale of 100 aircraft to Iran Air, as Tehran and Western companies race to re-open trade almost a year after sanctions against Iran were lifted.

US amends Anti-Iran sanctions to allow greater medical, agricultural export

The United States has amended sanctions against Iran to expand the scope of medical devices and agricultural commodities allowed for export, the US Department of the Treasury said in a release on Thursday.

Iran, Kyrgyzstan publish 10-year cooperation roadmap

Iran and Kyrgyzstan published a 10-year cooperation roadmap for expansion of political, economic and cultural cooperation.

Chinese firms face competition to maintain role in developing Iranian oilfields

Iran plans to ask international oil companies to bid for the second phase of development of its Yadavaran and North Azadegan oilfields, a senior official said on Saturday.

Regional Affairs

Iran, Russia, Turkey underline respect for Syria’s territorial integrity

Iran, Russia and Turkey issued a joint statement on Tuesday, calling for continued cooperation on Syria and reiterating their respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.

Aleppo liberation victory for Syria, Iran, Russia: President Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the recent recapture of the strategic northwestern city of Aleppo from foreign-backed terrorists is a victory not just for his country, but also for its Russian and Iranian allies.

Syrian government in full control of militants: Army

The Syrian army says Aleppo has fully returned to government control after the last batch of civilians and militants were evacuated from the northwestern city.

Deputy FM confers with Hezbollah leader

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Friday conferred with Secretary General of Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Israeli settlements: UN Security Council calls for an end

The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution urging an end to illegal Israeli settlements after the US refused to veto it.

Russian MoD’s jet reportedly disappears from radars after takeoff in Sochi

Russian Defense Ministry’s Tu-154 carrying some 91 people has disappeared from radars after departing from Russia’s southern city of Sochi, a source in the country’s Emergency Ministry told RIA Novosti.

Society

Islamic music has still long way to go: Danish Muslim singer

Danish Muslim singer Ali Al Hadi who is participating Islamic Unity Conf. in Tehran visited Mehr News Agency’s HQ to sit with our reporters for a friendly talk on art and Islamic Unity.

Iranians celebrate longest night of year ‘Yalda’

Yalda is the name by which the longest night of the year is known in Iran. Iranians mark the end of autumn and the advent of winter in one of the most celebrated national events.

Iran to launch 3 more satellites into space: ICT minister

Iran’s minister of information and communications technologysays the country plans to send a new domestically-manufactured satellite into space by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (ending on 20 March 2017).

Zahra Nemati makes one of the IPC’s top 50 moments of 2016

One of the most iconic scenes from the Paralympic Movement this year came from the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony, where many witnessed Iranian Para archer Zahra Nemati lead her nation’s delegation into the Maracana Stadium.

Iran ranks 6th in nanoscience production 

Iran has been placed 6th in the latest rankings of production of nanoscience in various countries published in Dec. 2016, founder of Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC) said Sat.