Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 06-03-2017

Iran Daily

Leader: Iran, Azerbaijan have potential to boost trade tenfold
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for bolstering economic cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan, saying the two neighbors have the potential to increase trade by tenfold.

UK will ‘fight back’ if no EU deal
Britain will “fight back” if the EU will not strike an acceptable deal on Brexit, Finance Minister Philip Hammond said Sunday.

Iraqi forces attack four Daesh-held areas in west Mosul
Iraqi forces attacked four Daesh-held areas in Mosul on Sunday, the latest push in a battle for the city’s west that has displaced more than 45,000 people since it began.

Iran sees progress in Hajj talks with Saudis
Iran said on Sunday there had been progress in talks with Saudi Arabia on dispatching its nationals to this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, despite some remaining issues.

Malaysia expels North Korea ambassador over Kim death
Malaysia expelled North Korea’s ambassador, giving him 48 hours to leave the country in a major break in diplomatic relations over the death of the half-brother of Pyongyang’s leader.

Pakistan calls for closer defense ties with Iran
Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that stronger defense ties between Iran and Pakistan could enhance regional peace and stability.

Iran urges UN to help contain particulates
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran has sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling for the creation of a regional task force to address the pressing issue of dust storms plighting the region.

Minister: Iran resolute to continue military drills
Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underscored that the Iranian Armed Forces will continue military exercises irrespective of Western states’ opposition.

Tehran Times

Zarif, Ebtekar write to UN chief on dust storms
Iran’s environment chief Masoumeh Ebtekar announced on Sunday that she and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have written a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the dust storms which hit Iran once in a while.

Iran ready to sell oil to South Africa, buy refinery shares
Iran is ready to sell South Africa 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil and also to buy shares in the African country’s oil refineries, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Saturday.

Netanyahu to discuss Iran’s activity in Syria with Putin
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what he said were Iran’s attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Reuters reported.

Trump trade threat is uniting rest of world, top EU official says
U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist stance may propel Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American economic powers into market-opening alliances with the European Union, a top EU official said.

Zarif says Iran sees no ‘positive behavior’ by Saudis
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Iran is not seeing any “positive behavior” from Saudi officials.

Spring cleaning, a fresh welcome to Noruz
A rural woman in northern Mazandaran Province hits a rug using a stick to remove dust from it as Noruz, the Iranian New Year, starting on March 21, is approaching.

Tehran, Baku on fast track to closer ties
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Tehran on Sunday for the third time in three years in a bid to seek closer ties with its big neighbor.

Leader backs trade jump with Baku
In a meeting with visiting Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Sunday, the Supreme Leader called for a 10-fold hike in trade between Iran and Azerbaijan given the great potential in the two countries.

Iran’s home-made S-300 system will be ready soon: Dehqan
Iran’s defense minister has said that the home-made version of the sophisticated S-300 missile system, dubbed Bavar-373, will be ready for use after it passes final operational tests.

Iran, Saudi Arabia likely to clinch hajj agreement
Following months of negotiations between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia about hajj, the two sides might be on the verge of reaching an agreement, ending what has become a source of discord between the two MiddleEastern countries.