Weekly report: Iran’s oldest high-rise collapses after fire

January 22, The Iran Project – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attendance in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis visit to Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials, Iranian senior diplomats participation in OIC extraordinary meeting on Rohingya Muslims in Malaysia, Tehran’s 17-story Plasco building collapse after blaze and closing ceremony of 32nd Fajr International Music Festival dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Jan 16 – Jan 22).

 

Politics

Iran not seeking regime change in S Arabia

President Rouhani has told his 9th press conference in Tehran Iran would welcome working with Saudi Arabia to bring about a more stable Middle East.Mr. Rouhani began his address with the death of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani for the prelude; he urged the system to use his legacy and conduct in political life.

Iran replies to Saudi Hajj invite

The Islamic Republic of Iran has replied to Saudi Arabia’s Hajj invite to inform the Saudi side of Iran’s conditions for sending pilgrims to this year’s Hajj rituals.

Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Mogherini discuss JCPOA, Syria in Davos

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini Wednesday held talks on various issues, including the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

UN confirms Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal

The UN Security Council has confirmed that Iran has complied with the provisions of the historic nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries.

Iran not to tolerate victimizing of Muslims: Senior diplomat

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi says Tehran will not tolerate killing of Muslims wherever it happens.

Iran says not worried, has options if Trump axes nuke deal

Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday his country isn’t worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers.

UN meeting testament to Iran’s commitment to JCPOA

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations has said the UN Wednesday meeting was unanimous that Iran had been committed to the JCPOA provisions.

Velayati replaces late Hashemi as head of Azad Uni.

By Leader Ayat. Khamenei’s decree, Ali Akbar Velayati has been appointed to the head of Islamic Azad University’s board of founders, a position previously held by late Ayat. Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Firefighters’ sacrifice act of heroism: Pres. Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited the site of the collapsed Plasco high-rise in downtown Tehran on Saturday morning.

Drone targeted by Tehran anti-aircraft belongs to advertising agency

The drone which was shooed away by anti-aircraft forces in Tehran on Monday belonged to an advertising company.

Economy

Congressman renews push that could kill Iran jet deals

A bill has been introduced in Congress that could curtail the jetliner deals between Airbus and Boeing and Iran, offering an early test for the incoming administration and the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran stars as Renault powers to record 2016 sales

Groupe Renault has unveiled record sales for 2016, up 13.3% to 3.18m vehicles with Iran the stand-out market booming 110% to double its market share in a single year.

No changes to Iran oil export policies: Official

The newly appointed director of international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Saeid Khoshrou, said Iran’s crude oil sale policies will not change under his leadership.

Iran open to economic ties with US despite differences: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran is open to economic relations with the US despite the existing differences between the two countries.

ATR says aircraft deal with Iran imminent
Turboprop maker ATR has completed commercial negotiations with IranAir for the sale of at least 20 aircraft and expects to be able to sign a contract very soon, the head of the Franco-Italian aircraft maker said on Friday.
Regional Affairs

Zarif slams global indifference towards crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned here on Thursday crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Protests against execution of Shia activists rage on in Bahrain

Anti-regime protests continue across Bahrain in strong condemnation of the recent execution of three Shia Muslim activists, whom the Al Khalifah regime alleged had killed three policemen during a pro-democracy demonstration back in March 2014.

Deputy FM: Iran trying to help serious talks among Syrians

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari underlined that Tehran is doing its best to help the Syrian government and opposition groups to hold serious talks in the upcoming Astana meeting.

Iran’s position complicating Astana talks on Syria – Kremlin spokesman

Moscow welcomes US participation in Astana talks on Syrian crisis, but Iran’s position is complicating the issue, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Turkey: Settlement of Syrian conflict without Assad ‘not realistic’

Ankara “can no longer insist” on finding ways to peace in Syria without Syrian President Bashar Assad being involved, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek announced, calling a scenario without Assad unrealistic.

Society

Cinema best tool for promoting divine values, teachings: Iranian cleric

Since cinema incorporates and caters to all perceptive dimensions and aspects of human beings, it appeals to people’s taste, Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli said, according to a Farsi report by Entekhab news website.

Health risks of Iran’s Lake Urmia desiccation under study

The universities of medical sciences in Tabriz (East Azarbaijan) and Urmia (West Azarbaijan) have been tasked to conduct a comprehensive long-term study of the effects on health of the people residing in the lake’s region, following reports that respiratory and other illnesses have increased due to its desiccation.

12-story Plasco building collapses after blaze

A 12-story building of textile company Plasco has totally collapsed after a conflagration consummated all stories beginning 8:00 AM local time.

Exclusive hangouts for girls in Tehran

“Two Shahrdokht centres, exclusive hangouts for girls, are to be opened in Tehran’s first and third districts, near Shahid Beheshti and Al-Zahra universities [the latter is a girl only university], in 2017,” announced Elaheh Atayi, an official in Tehran Municipality.

Electrical malfunction caused fire in Tehran high-rise: Official

A senior security official in the Iranian capital said an electrical fault was to blame for a massive blaze that led to collapse of a tall building in Tehran on Thursday.