Weekly report: Iran presidential candidates’ 1st live debate

April 30, The Iran Project – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attendance in the 1st international Forum of Ancient Civilizations in Greece, Holding Seventh JCPOA joint commission meeting in Vienna, start of 6th Conference for International Security in Moscow, Putin’s special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials, Iran 2017 presidential candidates holding first live debate, 35th Fajr Intl. Filmfest wraping up and Iran-Europe business forum kicking off in Tehran dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (April 24–April 30).

Politics

Iranians, G5+1 envoys meet before 7th JCPOA joint commission meeting

Iranian delegations met with a number of participating delegates of the 7th JCPOA joint commission meeting who arrived in Vienna on Monday to coordinate before the meeting.

Leader urges candidates to rely on domestic capabilities

Leader of Islamic Revolution has urged presidential candidate not to count on foreigners for development of the country and economic prosperity.

Former media official released from jail

Former Iranian media official Issa Saharkhiz has been released from jail, Director of Tehran Province’s Prisons Mostafa Mohebbi announced.

Zarif calls for fight against terrorism, extremism

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday called for global efforts to fight and help uproot terrorism and extremism as threats to the international community.

Shamkhani: US’ meddling in Syria to bear no fruit

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said here on Thursday that terrorism is passing through borders like a dangerous virus. Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev in Tehran.

Iran 2017 presidential candidates hold first live debate

The first debate among the six candidates of the 12th Iranian presidential election is being aired live on state television.

Iran’s Police Chief: Attack on border guards will not go unanswered

Iranian Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari reminded the “adversaries” on Friday that a recent fatal attack on border guards at the country’s joint border with Pakistan will not go unanswered.

Zarif brands US seizure of Iran assets ‘banditry’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the US government’s moves to seize or put freezes on Iran’s assets abroad as a plain case of international banditry.

US deluded if thinks can sway Iran election: Defense minister
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the United States is under an illusion if it assumes that it can influence the outcome of the forthcoming presidential election in Iran, stressing that the Islamic Republic pursues a firmly-established and principled approach toward the US.

Iran, EU to build advanced nuclear safety center

The Islamic Republic and the European Union will start the construction of an advanced nuclear safety center in Iran in the near future, Iran’s nuclear chief says.

Economy

PRTC inks HoA with Norner for PP development

Iran’s Petrochemical Research and Technology Company (PRTC) signed a heads of agreement (HoA) with Norway’s Norner, a global market leader of Industrial R&D services in polymers, for transfer of state-of-the-art technical savvy for production of polypropylene to PRTC.

Iran urges Pakistan to finish gas pipeline

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Pakistan to push for completion of a long-awaited gas pipeline between the two countries.

Iranian won £32,000 in compensation for account closure from UK bank

A UK law firm has announced that one of its Iranian clients has managed to obtain nearly £32,000 in compensation for mistaken closure of his bank account form the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) last year.

Sanctions designed to target Iran’s financial market: FM

During years of sanctions, Iran’s financial market, as one of the main infrastructures of the country, was under unfair attacks, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Iran’s Tavanir, South Korea’s KEPCO ink MoU

Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power in Iran (Tavanir) and South Korean KEPCO Company signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of electric industry here on Saturday.

Water diplomacy, inseparable part of foreign policy: Deputy FM

Deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs says that the countries in water basin have no choice but cooperation, stressing that water diplomacy is an inseparable part of foreign policy and interaction between nations.

Regional Affairs

Iran, Russia defense ministers urge need to uphold Syrian sovereignty

Iran’s visiting Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu on Thursday underlined the need to maintain Syria’s national integrity and sovereignty.

Defense minister: Expansion of ceasefire in Syria on agenda

Defense Minister Brigadier-General Hossein Dehqan said on Friday that Iran, Russia and Syria have agreed in a tripartite meeting to put the expansion of ceasefire in Syria on the agenda.

Manama regime forces detain another Shia cleric in Bahrain

Bahraini regime forces have arrested another Shia Muslim cleric as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown and persecution of the members of the religious community in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Lavrov: Russia is ready to cooperate with the U.S. on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to cooperate with the United States on the crisis in Syria.

Turkey may infiltrate into Iraq, Syria overnight: Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara would not tolerate the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq’s Sinjar region and northern Syria, hinting about an operation to flush militants out of the areas in Turkey’s south.

Society

500 antique cars on show in Kurdistan

A classic car show opened in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province in west Iran, on April 20, with more than 500 vehicles on show for the first time. The Sanandaj Classic Car Show was held in the city’s Zolfaqar Nasab Stadium over the weekend with exhibitors from Hamedan, Kermanshah, and Baneh, the website Asre Khodro reported.

Official: Around 20 million foreign tourists visited Iran in 3 years

Deputy Head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization for tourist affairs Morteza Rahmani Movahed announced 19.9 million foreign tourists have visited Iran during past 3 years.

Iran holds highest production growth of top scientific papers

Iran has ranked first among 25 other countries with the highest production number of scientific papers in the top one percent of the world in 2016, ISC head Dehghani said Sunday.

Iran launches national fiber optic connectivity plan

Iran has launched an ambitious project to connect houses to a nationwide fiber optic network – what the administration of President Hassan Rouhani would provide citizens with an easy access to high-speed internet.

Iranian weightlifters at crest of Asian championships

The Iranian men’s national weightlifting team has collected 562 points at the 2017 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Turkmenistan, and clinched the victory to snap a five-year title drought at the prestigious continental sports event.

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