Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 26-10-2017

Iran Daily


Leader: Iran’s defense capabilities non-negotiable

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran’s defense might is not up for negotiation, stressing the country’s resolve to strengthen its defense capabilities despite enemy attempts to weaken the nation.


Iraq readies for final offensive on Daesh near Syrian border

Iraqi forces are about to launch an offensive to recapture the last patch of Iraqi territory still in the hands of the Daesh terror group, the military said on Wednesday.


China’s Xi begins new term

President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, setting the stage for him to rule for decades to come.


Official: Germany not following other countries in energy policy

A senior official at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said Belin does not follow other countries in shaping its policy in the energy sector.


Kurds offer to halt secession drive, seek talks with Baghdad

Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered on Wednesday to put a secession drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue rather than military means.


Zarif: Iran, Uganda have good opportunity to develop ties

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed relations between Tehran and Kampala, saying that “today Iran and Uganda have a good opportunity to develop their relations.


Iranian diplomat: JCPOA strong enough not to be harmed by US

Iranian Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeedinejad shrugged off the US administration’s recent threats against the 2015 nuclear agreement, saying the deal is strong enough not to be undermined by Washington.


Velayati questions US establishment of bases on Syrian soil

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor to Iran’s Leader, said it is obvious that the US goal of establishment of military bases in the Syrian territory is disintegration of the Arab country.


Tehran Times


Two senators attempt torpedoing nuclear deal

Two U.S. senators have attempted torpedoing the international Iran nuclear deal by drafting a legislation that starkly contradicts the deal.


Kurds freeze independence vote, call for ceasefire

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that it will freeze the results of a recent vote for independence from Iraq.


Tehran hosts 1st Iran-Germany Joint Energy Committee meeting

The first Iran-Germany Joint Energy Committee meeting was held in Tehran on Tuesday, Shana reported.


NASA document: Saudi prince directly ordered coordinated attack on Damascus

A loosely knit collection of Syrian rebel fighters set up positions on March 18, 2013, and fired several barrages of rockets at targets in the heart of Damascus,  Bashar al-Assad’s capital. The attack was a brazen show of force by rebels under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, targeting the presidential palace, Damascus  International Airport, and a government security compound.


7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers underway in Morocco

The Seventh Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers (ICEM) kicked off on Wednesday morning.


Bakhtegan Lake meeting its end

Bakhtegan Lake, a salt lake in Fars Province, southern Iran, is experiencing a severe water scarcity situation and is on the brink of dryness.


Netanyahu backs ‘desires’ of secessionist Kurds

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced strong sympathy for the “desires” of secessionist Kurds as Iraq’s Kurdistan Region moves to freeze the  results of a contentious independence vote in favor of national dialog.


U.S. cannot cope with reality of independent Iran: ambassador

Iran’s Ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad, has said Washington’s problem is that it cannot cope with the reality of an independent Iran, ISNA reported on  Wednesday.


Iranian, Ugandan foreign ministers hold talks in Kampala

In a meeting with Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for deepening bilateral relations in various areas, Mehr reported.

Leader: Deterrence power not negotiable

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei affirmed on Wednesday that Iran’s military capability is “not open to negotiation”, amid escalating U.S.  pressure on Tehran over its missile program.

Swiss to represent Iran, Saudi interests

Neutral Switzerland’s embassies in Riyadh and Tehran have signed agreements to represent Iranian interests in Saudi Arabia and Saudi interests in Iran, the Swiss  government said on Wednesday.

Victory over terrorists owed to Iran: Syrian diplomat

Syria’s deputy foreign minister has said his country owes its significant military achievements against the terrorists to Iran’s unwavering support.