Iran English language newspaper headlines on Monday, 19-06-2017

Iran Daily

Iran, China conduct naval drill in Strait of Hormuz
The Iranian and Chinese navies launched a joint exercise in an area stretching from the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the Sea of Oman in the Persian Gulf.

Saudi airstrikes on Yemen market leave 25 dead
At least 25 Yemenis got killed when Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a market in the northern Sa’ada Province, a local health official said on Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly incidents in the 27-month-old conflict.

Iran, Algeria FMs blame foreign interference for regional crises
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday blamed the prolongation of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East on the intervention of foreign powers.

Iraqi forces launch final assault on Mosul’s Old City
Iraqi forces launched an assault Sunday to retake Mosul’s Old City, the last district still held by Daesh three years after the terror group seized the northern city and declared a “caliphate”.

Dozens dead in Portugal wildfires
Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 62 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what the prime minister on Sunday called “the biggest tragedy” the country has experienced in years.

Foreign Ministry: Saudi coast guard’s killing of Iranian fisherman unjustifiable
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Saudi coast guard’s move to shoot and kill an Iranian fisherman was illegal and lacking any justification.

Qatar says receives Iran president message
Qatar’s emir received a message from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani amid a growing diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf region, the Arab country’s Foreign Ministry said.

Shamkhani slams US Senate “illegal” move against Iran
A senior Iranian official condemned the recent “illegal” measure by the US Senate to approve new sanctions against Iran, saying the Parliament of the Islamic Republic would take the “necessary measures” in this regard.

Abadi: Iraq will never be a place for hostility with Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stressed that his country will never be a place for animosity toward Iran, after an Iraqi vice president made hostile statements against the Islamic Republic.

Tehran Times

Iran’s annual GDP growth at 12.5%: CBI
Iran’s growth of gross domestic product (GDP), including oil sector, hit 12.5 percent in the previous Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20, 2017), the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) reported.

Iraq’s al-Abadi to visit S.Arabia, Kuwait, Iran soon
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will soon visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and then Iran as a reconciliatory effort as the Saudi-led political and economic boycott of Qatar is escalating, according to Iraqi media outlets.

Iran, China hold joint naval exercise
Iranian and Chinese warships held a joint naval exercise on Sunday, IRNA reported.

Doha yet to see demands from Riyadh and allies
Qatar has yet to see any demands from the House of Saud regime and its allies as they continue an embargo on the country, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s foreign minister.

Portugal declares three days of mourning over deadly forest blaze
At least 62 people have been killed and dozens more injured in central Portugal in a forest fire that has yet to be controlled, according to the government.

Qatar says received ‘verbal message’ from Iran’s Rouhani
The Qatari Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday it has received a verbal message from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, giving no hint of the content.

Tehran says Saudi shooting of Iranian fisherman ‘unjustified’
Saudi coastguard officers have opened fire on Iranian fishing boats in the Persian Gulf, killing a fisherman, an act that the Iranian Interior Ministry has said is against “navigational principles” and the Foreign Ministry has called “unjustified” and “illegal”.

U.S. extremism, ISIS ‘two sides of the same coin’, Iran says of Tillerson remarks
Reacting to recent anti-Iran remarks by the U.S. chief diplomat, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said American extremists and Islamic State are “two sides of the same coin”.