U.S. sanctions mean Iranian referee can’t work at the open

Iran news headlines on Thursday include US prevention of a Tennis referee to work on the open for sanctions; Thailand court detention of Iranians over allegedly bomb plot; Iranian FM rejection of Syrian government chemical attack; country’s oil minister arrival in South Pars for inspection of progress; Iran-Afghanistan-Tajikistan meeting over water and energy; Russia stressing over enhancement of interactions with Iran; Zarif urging better ties with UAE and Iran enlisting of first Mideast industrial legacy in world heritage list.


Sanctions against Iran mean a tennis referee can’t work at the open

In May, the Iranian tennis referee Adel Borghei received confirmation that he had secured a coveted slot at the United States Open. “Congratulations,” the letter started.


Thailand court jails Iranians over allegedly bomb plot

A court in Thailand has jailed two Iranian men for their roles in an attempted bomb plot in the capital, Bangkok, in February 2012.


Iran says Syrian government not behind possible chemical attack

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday the Syrian government could not have been behind a possible chemical weapon attack on the outskirts of Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had the upper hand in the fighting.


Iran’s oil minister arrives at South Pars to inspect progress

Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has arrived at the country’s South Pars Oil and Gas Field to directly follow and supervise the trend of progress in the development projects underway there.


Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan hold trilateral meeting on water, energy

 Officials of water and energy sector from Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of an international conference on water cooperation on Wednesday.


Russia calls for enhanced regional interactions with Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Iran’s important role in settling the regional crises, and urged increased cooperation and interactions with Tehran on regional developments.


Iranian FM urges better ties with UAE

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Tehran and Abu Dhabi’s abundant commonalities, and called for the further improvement of the relations between the two sides.


Iran to enlist Mideast first industrial legacy in world heritage

Iran is after adding the Middle East’s first oil well, discovered in Khuzestan Province, southeastern Iran, to the world’s heritage list.