Summit held in Sochi for Syria talks

Weekly report: Iran-Russia-Turkey trilateral meeting on Syria

November 26, The Iran Project – Ayatollah Khamenei trip to earthquake-stricken areas; Iran-EU high-level talks in central Iranian city; United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials; Int’l conference on countering Takfirism kicking off in Tehran; Iran-Russia-Turkey trilateral meeting on Syria; first VP Jahangiri participating in GECF summit in Bolivia; Janusz Lewandowski the Chairman of the European Parliament’s (EP) travel to Iran and Iranian heads of 3 branches summit kicking off dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov 20–Nov 26).

 

 

Politics

Leader visits earthquake-hit Kermanshah 

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran paid visit to the earthquake-hit areas in Kermanshah province.

Gen. Soleimani congratulates Ayatollah Khamenei and Muslims on ISIS termination

In a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Commander of IRGC Quds Force, Major General Qasem Soleimani announced the end of ISIS’s domination over Muslim lands.

Supreme Leader receives Basij commanders, forces 

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei received Basij (volunteer forces) commanders and forces on Wednesday.

Summit held in Sochi for Syria talks 

Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey convened in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday for talks about the future of Syria as the Arab country has gotten rid of Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Iran, Russia, Turkey cooperation to continue for peace and stability of the region 

“We invite everyone to try to create lasting peace and stability in the region, and this will be in line with the return of the displaced to Syria and its reconstruction,” the president said, emphasising continued cooperation between Iran, Russia and Turkey in the region’s peace and stability.

Enemies’ plots, like that of Daesh, remain likely: Ayatollah Khamenei 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that the US and Israel may hatch a new plot against the Muslim world following the end of the reign of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

EU-Iran seminar on nuclear cooperation issues final statement 

The Second EU-Iran High-Level Seminar on International Nuclear Cooperation: Progress and Prospects came to an end in Isfahan, central Iran, issuing a final statement on Wednesday.

Amano: IAEA has access to all sites it needs in Iran 

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed Iran’s commitment to the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement with six world powers, saying it has access to all sites it needs to inspect.

Iran’s Qassemi slams ‘cheap, immature’ Saudi crown prince remarks

Iran has lashed out at Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for making “injudicious and cheap” remarks against the Islamic Republic, saying his statements have no credit in the international community.

Saudi crown prince roots for confrontational approach against Iran 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Riyadh prefers a confrontational approach to “appeasement” in dealing with Iran.

US seeks to hatch new plots after Daesh collapse: Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States is the root cause of terrorism in the Middle East, warning of new US plots after the collapse of Daesh terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Iran capable of responding to any regional crisis: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that regional countries are capable of resolving their own problems without unwanted interference from the US or Israel.

Iran warns it would increase missile range if threatened by Europe

The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000 kilometers, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

 

Regional Affairs

Lebanon’s Hariri suspends resignation as PM, easing crisis 

Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday suspended his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun to allow for dialogue, easing a major political crisis.

Yemeni scholars slam plans by certain Arab states to normalize Israel ties 

Prominent Yemeni scholars have lashed out at certain Arab countries for their plans to normalize ties with Israel, calling on their nations to put pressure on their governments to prevent such détente.

Turkey, Iran, Russia to decide who will participate in Syria talks 

Ankara says Turkey, Iran, and Russia are to decide who will participate in the peace talks on Syria.

Joint statement issued by presidents of Iran, Russia, Turkey 

Iran, Russia, Turkey sent a joint letter to the secretary general of the UN and the president of the UN Security Council and called for the statement of Sochi summit to be published as a security council document.

Iran’s Rouhani says Sochi summit ‘right step, at right time’ for Syria

The trilateral meeting between Iran, Russia and Turkey in the Russian resort of Sochi this week was “a right step, at the right time” for stability in Syria, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.

 

Economy

US Treasury slaps sanctions on ‘IRGC-linked’ individuals, entities 

In yet another hostile measure against Tehran, the US has slapped sanctions on several individuals and companies for their alleged links with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Total cannot withdraw capital from gas deal with Iran: Min. 

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says Total S.A.’s capital in a contract with Tehran to develop Phase 11 of the South Pars Gas Field will stay in Iran in case the French energy major walks away from the deal without any UNSC sanctions.

Iran resolved to boost cooperation with Latin American countries: VP

Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri reiterated the country’s policy to boost bilateral relations with Latin American countries, including Bolivia, in all political and economic spheres.

Trump’s Iran boycott to affect oil market: Zangeneh

Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says a possible boycott of the Islamic Republic’s crude oil as sought by US President Donald Trump would affect the market.

Gas exporters blast US use of sanctions as weapon

Gas exporting countries have condemned the use of sanctions as a weapon against other nations, in an apparent jab at the United States.

 

Society

7 Iranians among world’s most impactful scientists 

The 2017 Highly Cited Researchers List recently released by Clarivate Analytics has named seven Iranians among the world’s most impactful scientific researchers.

1000 orthopedic surgeries done in Iran’s quake-hit regions

Head of Iran’s Orthopedic Surgeons Association, Mohammad Razi, says about one thousand orthopedic surgeries have been conducted in the quake-hit province of Kermanshah over the past week.

Iranian team ranks 3rd in Int’l astronomy olympiad

A team of Iranian high-school students have ranked third at at the 2017 International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad in Thailand.

Last western Siberian crane ‘Omid’ lands in Iran

The last remaining western Siberian crane ‘Omid’ has returned to its winter home in Iran for the tenth consecutive year after a twenty-day delay.

Iranian actor honored at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Iranian actor Navid Mohammadzadeh received a Special Mention for his role in ‘No Date, No Signature’ at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), in Brisbane, Australia.