Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 15-03-2017

Iran Daily

Iran to keep oil cap at 3.8 mbd in second half 2017
Iran will keep its oil production cap at 3.8 million barrels per day in the second half of 2017 provided other OPEC members stick to the output level they agreed to in November, said Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Tuesday.

Turkey slams EU for backing Netherlands in dispute
Turkey criticized the European Union for siding with the Netherlands in a diplomatic dispute over Turkish ministers’ campaign plans in the country.

Syria talks officially kick off in Astana
A third round of talks aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria officially got underway in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on Tuesday.

Iran, Saudi Arabia finalizing talks on Hajj
Iran’s Hajj chief said talks between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia aimed at dispatching Iranian pilgrims to this year’s Hajj rituals are being finalized.

Republican health care plan ‘leaves 14 million fewer insured in 2018’
Fourteen million fewer Americans will have health insurance next year under the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional analysis projected, heaping pressure on President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to broaden coverage.

Russia, Iran to discuss $10b agreements during Rouhani’s visit
Russia and Iran will consider realization of joint projects in the industry sector for a total of $10 billion during a forthcoming visit by President Hassan Rouhani to Moscow, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.

Zarif: Iran ready for cooperation with UNFPA
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced Iran’s readiness for cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to work out new population-related policies.

ICAPP officials boycott Khartoum meeting
Top officials of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) boycotted a planned meeting in Sudan in protest at the African country’s refusal to grant an Iranian delegation visa, an Iranian political activist said.

Iran’s warships berth at Oman port
The Iranian Navy announced that its 45th flotilla berthed in Oman’s port city of Salalah on Monday.

UN investigator: Iran makes progress on rights
A UN investigator presenting her first report on Iran’s human rights record said Iranian officials have made some progress.

Tehran Times

Chris Cook: Oil will fall to $40 per barrel

Chris Cook, an energy market strategist, predicts that the oil price will fall to $35 to $40 per barrel.

Jewish lawmaker calls Netanyahu a ‘psychic vampire’

The Jewish representative in Iran’s parliament scolded the Israeli regime on Tuesday for pursuing what he called “fascist ideas,” branding its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “psychic vampire.”

EEU, Iran expected to ink FTA by Marchend: Novak

Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) are expected to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of this month, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced.

Brexit is back but it’s on a long and arduous road

Brexit is back and this time it looks for real. The UK government’s decision to trigger Article 50 imminently means the start of the of- ficial negotiations with the European Union on the exit plan.

Bahraini court postpones verdict in Sheikh Qassim’s case

A Bahraini court has delayed the verdict in the case of top Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, whose nationality was revoked last year.

A possible thaw in Egypt-Iran relations

Despite recent backstage talks, Egypt and Iran are unlikely to re-establish full diplomatic relations any time soon, Iranian analysts said.

Police, rescue forces prepared during Noruz holidays

Traffic police as well as rescue and relief organizations are all prepared to offer services to the public during the Noruz holidays (March 15 to April 3).

Russia-Turkey-Iran consultations on Syria kick off in Astana

A two-day international meeting between Iran, Russia, and Turkey on settling the Syrian crisis is underway in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Zarif says Ahmadinejad’s letter to Trump out of ‘diplomatic etiquette’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has implicitly chided former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for writing a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it was out of “diplomatic” etiquette.

Iran calls on UN to end special human rights rapporteur’s mission

On Tuesday, Tehran has asked the UN Human Rights Council to put an end to the mission of Asma Jahangir, the special human rights rapporteur, calling her report on the situation of human rights in Iran “politically motivated”.

Sudan denies visa to Iranian party delegation for ICAPP meeting

Sudan has refused to grant a visa to an Iranian delegation of political activists planning to visit the country for the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), media reported on Tuesday.