Weekly report: Twin Tehran attacks

June 11, The Iran Project – Shooting at Iran’s parliament and holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visit to Turkey and meeting with senior officials, holding SCO summit in Astana and Boeing and Iran’s Aseman finalising $3bn deal for 30 jets dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( June 05–June 11).

Politics

Iran opens airspace to Qatari flights

An Iranian civil aviation official said Qatari aircraft bound for Europe or Africa can fly over Iran’s territory as of Tuesday, after four regional Arab states decided to suspend diplomatic ties with the Doha government and suspend air transport with Qatar.

Iran tells IAEA it plans to ship heavy water abroad, officials say

Iran told the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday it would ship 20 tonnes of heavy water abroad to avoid breaching a limit on its stock of that substance under a landmark deal with six world powers, officials said.

Shooting reported at Iran’s parliament hallway

An unknown male assailant fired several rounds at the guards protecting the parliament building in Tehran, wounding three of them on Wednesday morning.

Shooting spree at Imam Khomeini shrine, several wounded

An assailant attacked the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, South of the capital Tehran on Wednesday morning, wounding two people in a shooting spree.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Terror attacks will fail to undermined Iran’s will

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Wednesday’s terror attacks in Tehran will fail to undermine the Iranian nation’s resolve in the face of threats.

Iranian FM meets Turkish president

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Turkish presidential palace on Wednesday.

Iran arrests 41 Daesh-affiliated terrorists

The Intelligence Ministry in its statement released on Friday said that 41 people affiliated to the Wahhabi Daesh terrorist group have been arrested.

Iran Air elected to IATA board of governors

Iran Air managing director Farhad Parvaresh was elected as a member of board of governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the first time after Islamic Revolution.

Mastermind behind Tehran twin attacks killed: Intelligence Ministry

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry has announced that the mastermind behind the Tehran terrorist attacks has been killed.

Recourse to terrorism shows cowardice: Iranian official

A senior Iranian diplomat says the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group is resorting to barbaric terrorism, which shows its degradation and cowardice.

Leader meets poets

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei received a number of poets from Iran and other countries.

Economy

Iran’s GDP growth estimated at 4% in 2017: WB

In its latest report, the World Bank (WB) predicted a four-percent growth for Iran’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017.

Iran oil export to Turkey doubles

Iranian oil export to Turkey increased more than two times to 211,101 barrels per day during the first quarter of 2017 from the same period last year. According to the statistics released by Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority, Iran exported more than 2.62 million tons of oil to the country in January-March, Zawya reported.

Iran sees petchem export integration key in boosting exports

Deputy Petroleum Minister in Petrochemical Affairs Marziyeh Shahdaei said integration of petrochemical exporters can ensure strengthening of Iran’s foothold in international markets and can boost the country’s export of petrochemicals.

Iran starts exporting wheat to Oman

Head of Association for Iranian Food Industries Societies Mohammad Reza Mortazavi announced here on Saturday that the first 35,000 tons consignment of wheat have been loaded in ship for destination of Oman.

Boeing and Iran’s Aseman finalise $3bn deal for 30 jets

Iran’s Aseman Airlines has finalised an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3.0 billion, the company said Saturday, with an option to buy 30 more.

Regional Affairs

Any plan aimed at disintegrating Syria to deepen crisis: Iran’s Shamkhani

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said any peace plan devised with the aim of disintegrating Syria or strengthening the presence of armed forces in the Arab country will only deepen the ongoing crisis.

SCO summit kicks off in Astana

The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has started in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.

Merkel says all Persian Gulf nations, Iran, Turkey must work to ease Qatar crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was concerned about the situation in Qatar, adding that all Persian Gulf nations, and also Iran and Turkey, should work together to resolve the regional dispute.

Syrian Army reaches Syrian-Iraqi borders northeast of al-Tanf, thwarts ISIS attack in Deir Ezzor

Syrian Arab Army units reached the Syrian-Iraqi borders northeast of al-Tanf in the depths of the Badiya desert, a military source told SANA.

Qatar: PGCC members prefering talks with Iran

Visiting Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Saturday that Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states favor talks with Iran and are interested to have cooperation with the country.

Society

Iran beats Poland in FIVB World League

Iran’s volleyball squad wins over Poland’s 3-1 in FIVB World League in Italy on Sunday. Iran lost the first set 18-25, but won the following sets 25-23, 25-23 and 25-22 over Polish giants who had already defeated Brazil and Italy.

Isolation by the West fuels a tech startup boom in Iran

Mostafa Meisami has given up on the farming life, trading his old job raising cattle for a better-paying gig ferrying commuters through the notoriously traffic-clogged streets of the Iranian capital Tehran.

Environment officials claim Urmia Lake restoration on track

The head of the Department of Environment’s office in East Azarbaijan Province said efforts to restore Urmia Lake are progressing as scheduled.

ISIS kills woman who fought illiteracy in villages

The Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Iran’s capital, Tehran, can no longer be viewed as a blind murder after investigation revealed that one of the victims of the attacks was a woman teacher who worked hard to eradicate illiteracy in the Iranian rural society.

Criminal content defined for Telegram users in Iran

Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi says the ministry has come to an understanding over banning controversial content with managers of Telegram Messenger, the most widely used mobile communications app in Iran.