Weekly report: Iran presidential elections 2017

April 16, The Iran Project – Registration of presidential hopefuls starting in Iran, EU extending sanctions on Iran over human rights claims, Iran-Russia-Syria holding tripartite talks in Moscow, Rouhani, Raisi registering to run for Iran’s Presidency and President unveiling Defense Ministry achievements dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (April 10–April 16).

Politics

Supreme leader: Enemy trying to instigate sense of failure among Iranian officials

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the enemy is trying to instigate and spread sense of disability and failure among the country’s officials to attain its sinister goals.

Former president Ahmadinejad registers for presidential election

Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered for the upcoming presidential elections to be held on May 19.

Iran’s missile tests not linked to UN resolution on nuclear deal: Qassemi

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says the country’s missile tests are not in contravention of a UN resolution endorsing the country’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries.

Iran’s incumbent President Rouhani submits name for presidential race

Iran’s incumbent president, Hassan Rouhani, has put his name down for the upcoming 12th presidential election.

Raeisi joins mix for 12th Iran presidential election

Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, throws his hat in the ring for the forthcoming presidential contest.

Defense achievements unveiled in Rouhani’s presence

President Hassan Rouhani on Sat. unveiled a number of defense achievements including Iran’s first ever domestic jet trainer ‘Kosar’, and anti-ship cruise missile ‘Nasir’.

1,636 candidates file for Iran’s presidential elections: Official

Few hours after a five-day time to register for Iran’s upcoming presidential elections came to an end, Head of the Elections Headquarters Ali-Asghar Ahmadi said that totally 1,636 candidates filed for the elections.

Supreme Leader urges immediate relief aid to flood-hit areas

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a message late on Saturday expressed condolences to the families of flood victims in provinces of East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Kurdestn and Ardebil and called on the officials to immediately provide relief aid to those affected and help relieve their sufferings.

Zarif: Defense industries, source of honor for Iran

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said achievements of Iran’s defense industries are a great credit for the country’s dignified diplomacy.

Economy

Official: Iran to receive 4 Planes from Italy in 15 days

Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development for international affairs Asghar Fakhreyeh Kashan referred to signing a purchase agreement to buy 20 ATR planes, and said that 4 planes of the kind will be delivered to Iran in 15 days.

Turkish banker pleads not guilty in New York in Iran sanctions case

An executive at the Turkish state-owned bank Halkbank on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges he violated U.S. sanctions against Iran in a politically charged case that has drawn the ire of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

S.Korea’s March crude imports from Iran hit record high

South Korea’s intake of Iranian crude oil soared to a record high in March and its first-quarter crude imports from Iran nearly doubled on year, reflecting Tehran’s efforts to raise output after the lifting of sanctions early last year.

FINEX 2017 kicks off in Tehran, Zarif attends

The tenth edition of Iran Exhibition of Bank, Exchange and Insurance Exhibition (FINEX) started work here on Saturday.

Zarif: Resistance Economy leads to economic prosperity

FM Zarif said economic prosperity has become feasible in the light of Resistance Economy adding that Iranian people tolerate economic pressure but not coercion.Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 10th Iran Exhibition of Bank, Exchange & Insurance Exhibition (Finex 2017) asserting “people can today observe an epic economy thanks to policies of Economy of Resistance.”

Regional Affairs

Idlib chemical attack probe mission should include Iran, Turkey Reps – Moscow

The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province should include representatives of all the UN Security Council members, as well as the guarantor countries of the ceasefire – Iran and Turkey, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik.

Iranian, Syrian FMs Meet in Moscow

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem met in Moscow on Friday for talks on a recent US military strike in Syria.

Russian, Iranian, Syrian FMs’ talks ‘Strong Message’ after US missile attack

Russian, Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers held a trilateral meeting in Moscow on Friday to discuss issues surrounding the settlement and resolution of the Syrian conflict.

Moscow to press OPCW & UN to send experts to probe Idlib chemical incident in Syria – Lavrov

Inspectors should be urgently sent to both Syria’s Idlib province and the Shayrat Airbase to conduct an unbiased investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Turks begin voting in referendum on Erdogan powers

People in Turkey have started casting their ballots in a controversial constitutional referendum that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with opponents fearing a possible authoritarian rule.

Society

Iran, Japan, UNDP extend co-op on Lake Urmia restoration program

Iran, Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) extended agreement for collaborative restoration program of Lake Urmia for the fourth consecutive year here on Sunday.

Iranian universities among top 10 in PE

Three Iranian universities are among the top ten best universities in the fields of Petroleum Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Materials Science and Composites.

Flooding, landslides kill 25 in northwest Iran

Torrential downpours have caused flooding and landslides in four provinces in Iran’s northwest, killing a total of 25 people.

Renowned Iranian actor Aref Lorestani dies at 45

Renowned Iranian actor Aref Lorestani, who was generally known for his roles in the comedy series over the past two decades, has died of heart attack at the age of 45.

Perspolis victorious in Persian Gulf Pro League title race

Iran’s professional soccer club Perspolis has claimed the championship of Iran’s Persian Gulf Pro League, formerly known as Iran Pro League (IPL), following a victory over Machine Sazi Tabriz Soccer Club.

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