Weekly report: Iran’s Zarif participates in ECFR Annual Council Meeting

July 2, The Iran Project – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif EU tour and attendance in ECFR Annual Council Meeting, Iranians celebrating Eid al-Fitr ( feast of ending holy month of Ramadan), Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani participation in second meeting of parliament speakers of Eurasian countries in the South Korea and Head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharazi taking part in 2nd CICA Forum dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( June 26–July 02).

Politics

Iran celebrates Eid al-Fitr

The Muslim people of Iran are celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Monday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, after the new moon of the lunar month was sighted last night.

Ayatollah Khamenei officiates at Eid prayers in Tehran

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei led the Eid al-Fitr prayers in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Monday morning in a festive rite celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Muslims obliged to fight against Israel

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Muslims today are obliged to fight Israel with whatever means they have as he calls Palestine the foremost issue of the Islamic world.

US playing with terrorism, rather than fighting: Iran’s Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has accused the US of playing with terrorism instead of fighting the scourge, calling for increased pressure against the promoters and sponsors of terrorist ideology.

2nd CICA forum opens in Beijing

The second non-governmental forum of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) was opened today in China’s capital.

U.S. can seize Iran-owned NYC tower after jury sanction ruling

Federal prosecutors won a courtroom victory in their nine-year effort to seize a midtown Manhattan office tower owned by an Iranian charity.

UN, EU hail Iran nuclear commitment; US differs

On an important international stage, the United Nations and many major world countries all speak appreciatively of Iran’s commitment to its nuclear agreement with foreign states, while the United States acts as the sole detractor of the landmark deal.

FM meets French president

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday met with French President Emmanuel Macron in the Élysée Palace in Paris.

Zarif: World verifies Iran compliance with its commitments

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United Nations and the World as well say that Iran is in full compliance with its commitments.

President Rouhani to take oath of office on August 5

President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to swear in as 12th president of Islamic Republic on August 5, 2017, Majlis(parliament) public relations office announced.

DM warns of Iran’s tough response to threats

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned the enemies against his country’s harsh reaction to their possible threats and aggression.

World powers kept silent on Sardasht chemical bombing

Iran’s FM Zarif in a message on the occasion of 30th anniversary of chemical attack on Iranian city of Sardasht, voiced regret over hypocrisy of world powers for having refused to condemn the bombing.

Iranian FM decries France green light to MKO activities

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed regret that the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) has been given permission to carry out its activities in France.

Regional Affairs

Kremlin dismisses US warning of chemical attack in Syria

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House’s warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military “will pay a heavy price” if it goes ahead, while the Syrian leader visited the Russian military base in Syria and met with Russia’s chief military officer.

Iran confirms death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi

An Iranian official has confirmed that the ISIS terrorist group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is ‘definitely’ dead.

Iran congratulates Iraq on Mosul’s recapture

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Iraq on liberating its northern city of Mosul from Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group that took months of difficult battle.

Iraqi PM hails top Shia cleric Ayatollah Sistani’s role in terror fight

The Iraqi premier has thanked top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for his contribution to the fight against Daesh terrorists, saying his 2014 religious decree (fatwa), which mobilized volunteer forces behind army troops on the battlefield, “saved” the Arab state.

Hashd Al-Shaabi rejects US partnership in liberation of Mosul

Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) Spokesman Karim al-Nouri blasted Washington for its support for the terrorist groups, and said the US played no role in retaking Mosul from the ISIL.

Economy

Germany, Iran must strengthen financial ties, says Iranian Foreign Minister

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel appealed to all sides involved in the Qatar crisis to meet for direct talks to avoid a further escalation.

New US bans against Iran violate UN Charter: Parliament Speaker

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani slammed a new set of sanctions approved by the US Senate against Tehran as a violation of international laws and norms and against the Charter of the United Nations.

Germany’s Hermes to guarantee Iran’s investment projects

Germany’s Hermes Insurance Company has voiced willingness to provide insurance coverage for investment projects in Iran.

Iran to get 10 new airlines within six months

Iran says it has authorized the creation of 10 new airlines within the next six months in what appears to be part of the country’s aggressive campaign to expand its air mobility infrastructure.

Iranian Parliament to reciprocate US Congress decision

The Iranian parliament is working on a double-urgency bill to counter a recent move by the US Congress to impose unilateral sanctions against Iran, a senior lawmaker announced.

Society

Tehran’s Khordad air quality highest in six years

Tehran experienced the highest air quality in the Iranian month of Khordad (May 22–June 21) in the past six years, data on Tehran Municipality’s air quality website showed.

Iran ranks 2nd in wrestling championship matches in Chabahar

Iran ranked second in Yadegare Emam freestyle Wrestling Cup Championship held in Chabahar Free Trade and Industrial Zone region in the southeastern Iran.

International Trumpism: World cartoonists to satirize on Donald Trump in Iran

On Monday, July 3 the International Cartoon and Caricature Contest is set to kick off in Tehran. This year US President Trump will be the major focus of cartoonists from all over the world, who will be competing to satirize his most infamous quips and remarks. Sputnik discussed the contest with Seyed Massoud Shojaie Tabatabaie, curator of the show.

Iranian city soars to record 129 degrees: Near hottest on Earth in modern measurements

A city in southwest Iran posted the country’s hottest temperature ever recorded Thursday afternoon, and may have tied the world record for the most extreme high temperature.

Iranian female taekwondoka ranks 2nd in world champs

Iranian female taekwondo fighter Kimia Alizadeh received first silver medal of Iran’s female taekwondo in World Championships which was held in Muju, South Korea from June 24 to 30