Weekly report: President Rouhani attends OIC summit in Astana

September 10, The Iran Project – Iran unveiling drone base with warning to enemies, Special envoy of Russian President for Syria Affairs Alexander Lavrentiev, Japanese prime minister’s special envoy Masahiko Komura and Vatican Minister of Foreign Affairs Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials, Iranians celebrating Eid al-Ghadeer and President Hassan Rouhani attendance in OIC in Astana dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Sep 04–Sep 10).

 

Politics

Iran unveils drone base with warning to enemies 

Iran has unveiled an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) base for its fleet of drones which have given the country a remarkable capability in the fight against terrorists and protecting its borders.

World’s five major rising economies back Iran deal 

The world’s five major rising economies have expressed support for the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, urging all parties to live up to their commitments under the deal.

Trump refusal to certify Iran compliance won’t mean withdrawal from nuclear deal: Haley

The US envoy to the UN says President Donald Trump’s possible refusal to certify Iran’s compliance with its nuclear deal does not constitute US withdrawal from the agreement.

US paid $1.7 bn in outstanding military debts to Iran: Commander 

The US has paid $1.7 billion of its outstanding debts to Iran under previous mutual military contracts signed before the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, an Iranian deputy defense minister says.

Iran urges coop. to stop massacre, mass expulsion of Muslims in Myanmar 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to the long-standing, respectful and reciprocal relations between Tehran and the Holy See (Vatican City) and emphasized the need for dialogue and effective cooperation between religions and civilizations.

U.S. charges 4 Turks with conspiring to violate Iran sanctions

Federal prosecutors in New York announced on Wednesday the filing of a new indictment that charges a former Turkish economy minister and three other Turks with participating in a broad conspiracy to violate the United States’ sanctions against Iran.

Leader grants clemency to 1,166 Iranian prisoners 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday pardoned or commuted the sentences of 1,166 Iranian convicts.

Iran commemorates victims of Black Friday massacre of 1979 

Iran is marking the 39th anniversary of the massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Tehran by the country’s former regime. The deadly crackdown sent the Pahlavi regime further down the path of decline and was followed by the victory of the Islamic Revolution within a few months. Press TV correspondent reports from the Iranian capital.

Iranians hold nationwide rallies to condemn genocide of Muslims in Myanmar

Iranian worshippers staged massive demonstrations across the country on Friday to condemn the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar.

Google Play drops Iranian apps after Apple 

Digital service distributor Google Play has followed Apple’s lead in removing Iranian apps from its store, citing US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani, Erdogan meet in Astana ahead of OIC summit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have called for closer cooperation between Tehran and Ankara.

 

Economy

French transportation giant to invest $1.4 Bln in Iran’s carriage manufacturer

France’s Alstom transportation giant is ready to invest around $1.4 billion in Iran’s Wagon Pars manufacturer, local media reported Monday.

Iran inks flaring deal with France’s Sofregaz

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and a consortium of France’s Sofregaz and Sanat Sazeh Samin for recovery and consumption of flare gas at a refinery at South Pars.

Iran to receive 2 new ATR planes in weeks

Two of the other brand-new turboprops Iran has purchased from ATR aircraft manufacturer will arrive in the country during the next Iranian month, CEO of Iran Air Farzaneh Sharafbafi announced.

Iran eyeing €500mn in gas recovery deals

Iran says it has serious plans to attract as much as €500 million in foreign investments for projects to collect flare gas in its South Pars energy hub.

EU rejects punitive measures against Iran steel

Iran’s steel exports to Europe are now safe from punitive measures after EU governments reject hitting imports from the Middle Eastern country with trade tariffs.

 

Regional Affairs

Dayr al-Zawr siege relief ‘important victory’: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Syrian army’s breaking of a years-long siege by Daesh Takfiri group of the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr is an “important victory” against extremist and terrorist groups.

Iran will continue to support Syria in its anti-terror battle: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reiterated Tehran’s support for Syria in its battle against terrorism.

Bahrain using violent tactic to repress dissidents amid West inaction: Amnesty 

Amnesty international has censured Bahrain for using “an array of repression tools,” including torture and sexual abuse, in its brutal crackdown on dissent, blaming the silence of the Western states, especially the US and the UK, for a sharp rise in Manama’s use of violence.

Iran says willing to help resolution of Yemen war 

Iranian vice president said that Iran is willing to help Saudi Arabia to resolve Yemen war.

EC secretary: Iran against independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan region 

Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee underlined his country’s opposition to the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s referendum for independence, warning that it can be a prelude to the disintegration of Iraq.

 

Society

Int’l federation permits Iranian women to Waterski with Hijab 

The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has finally allowed Iranian women to attend Asian and international competitions while observing the Islamic dress-code (Hijab).

Iran establishes special parliament for women 

A top Iranian official has underlined women’s key role in decision making processes, saying the formation of “Women’s Parliament” in Khorasan Razavi province is a significant change in this regard.

Iranian tech genius, founder of fuzzy logic, passes away at 96 

World-renowned Iranian mathematician and inventor of fuzzy logic Professor Lotfi Zadeh has passed away at the age of 96.

Iranian powerlifter awarded best male paralympian of year 

Iran’s heavyweight powerlifting champion Siamand Rahman has been awarded with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Allianz Best Male Athlete of the Year.

Western tourists see Iran as new ‘bright star’

Iran saw the number of Westerners visiting the ancient country with a treasure trove of historic artifacts grow more than five percent last year, data provided by leading travel intelligence analyst ForwardKeys show.