Weekly Report: From Syria peace talks to Supreme Leader meeting with diplomats

Tehran, November 1, The Iran Project – The Syria peace talks in Vienna with the participation of Iranian senior diplomats for the first time ever, the visit of Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry and Trade Armando Monteiro to Tehran, Shamkhani trip to Pakistan to discuss the security issues and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei meeting with the foreign ministry officials and ambassadors dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week(26 Oct.-1 Nov.).

 

politics

Nuclear hospital to diversify Iran’s nuclear activities

Head of AEOI has said nuclear hospital is intended to show the world “that Iran’s activities in nuclear industry is not limited to enrichment and heavy water.”

Jaberi Ansari appointed as FM spokesman

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appointed Hossein Jaberi Ansari as his ministry’s spokesman.

Iran to take a seat among world powers for Syria talks

 Iran takes part in international talks on Syria for the first time this week, giving it a voice in the effort to find a resolution to the more than 4-year-old civil war that has so far defied even the slightest progress toward peace.

Appointment of special rapporteur on human rights in Iran a political move

 Representing the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran Forouzandeh Vadiati, calls appointment of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Human Rights in Iran as entirely politically motivated.

Flood wreaks havoc in west Iran, killing six

Torrential rains in the western provinces of Iran left at least six people dead, with many relocated to makeshift camps after flash floods inundated their cities and villages.

Iran strongly rejects reports on agreement on Assad removal

A senior Iranian official has strongly rejected reports that the Islamic Republic has agreed to a plan for the removal from power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in six months.

Iran, P5+1 discuss nuclear deal during Vienna talks – Foreign Minister

The P5+1 group Iran discussed implementation of the deal on Tehran’s nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Iran, Brazil firm to boost economic relations

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of improving relations with Brazil given the country’s special position in Latin America and in the BRICS group of major emerging economies.

Iran sends relief aid to quake stricken people in Afghanistan

Head of Red Crescent Society in Taibad Gholamreza Sayyadi said on Saturday that Iran had sent relief aid consignment to quake stricken people in Afghanistan through Dogharoun border crossing.

Supreme Leader receives Iranian ambassadors, diplomats

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on Sunday received officials of Foreign Ministry as well as Iranian ambassadors and diplomats stationed abroad.

 

Economy

Iran, Brazil set to develop oil, energy ties

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh and Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Armando Monteiro are scheduled to meet here on Tuesday to discuss increasing bilateral relations in the field of oil and energy.

Post-sanction Iran eyes $185b investment in oil industry: Official

Deputy Petroleum Minister for International Affairs Amir-Hossein Zamani-Nia said Iran is planning to secure 185 billion dollars of investment in its oil industry during the Sixth Five-Year Development Plan by 2021.

Iran to export hand-woven carpet to US

Head of the Iranian National Carpet Center has announced the resumption of Iran’s hand-woven carpet export to the US as of the next Iranian calendar year.

Lifting of sanctions will open SCO doors to Iran – Russian deputy FM

The removal of sanctions from Tehran will help the Islamic Republic to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Iran’s inflation rate falls to 14.8%: CBI

Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has announced that the inflation rate for the 12-month period ended the seventh Iranian calendar month of Mehr (September 23-October 22) dropped to 14.8 percent compared to the same period of time last year.

Iran to export LNG through Oman

Iran is reportedly looking into a plan to pipe its natural gas to Oman and have it liquefied there for exports to international markets.

Iran to announce 500k bpd output rise at next OPEC meeting

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said Iran will officially announce its crude oil output rise by 500,000 barrels per day at the upcoming OPEC meeting on December 4.

Iranian Minister underscores halt to imports of consumer goods from US

 Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade says it will block imports of American goods in line with an order by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to develop an “economy of resistance”.

Oil billionaire’s 5th court hearing begins

The fifth court session of the oil billionaire Babak Zanjani and two other defendants began openly here on Sunday morning.

Military

DM: Iran attains outstanding progress in electronic warfare

Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced that the experts and engineers of Iran’s defense industries have achieved considerable advances in electronic warfare systems.

 

Commander: IRGC owning huge stockpiles of modern missiles

IRGC Lieutenant commander said an underground missile facility that was made public recently was just a small part of the huge stockpiles of missiles in possession of the IRGC, saying many modern warehouses are kept secret.

 

Russia modernizing S-300 missile system for Iran

 Russia is currently modernizing the S-300 missile defense system for Iran and hopes it will able to deliver the system to Tehran, the head of Russia’s largest arms exporters said Tuesday.

 

Iran Navy repels pirate attack on oil tanker

 Iran’s Navy chief Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country’s naval forces have successfully thwarted a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker in high seas.

 

Iran’s new missiles can destroy enemy targets up to 2,000 km away

Iran’s Brigadier General Hossein Salami announced that Iran’s new high-precision missiles are capable of destroying enemy targets up to 2,000 km away.

 

JCPOA could raise military threats: Iran’s Civil Defense chief

Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization said a final nuclear deal with world powers could have negative implications for the country given the concentration of the uranium enrichment facilities in a single site under the JCPOA.

 

Navy Commander: Velayat maneuver to be held north of Indian Ocean

Anzali, Gilan Province, Oct 29, IRNA – Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that this winter a maneuver dubbed ‘Velayat 4’ will be held north of the Indian Ocean.

 

Iran’s Armed Forces ready to respond to any aggression: DM

Iran’s defense minister dismissed the rhetoric of military action by the US or Israel as merely having domestics consumption, stressing that the Iranian Armed Forces are prepared to respond to any vicious move against the country.

 

Society

Iran to hold cultural week of Poland’s theater

Iran’s Dramatic Arts Center will hold the first theater cultural week in the country on Poland planned for December.

Tehran hosts black activists in confab over US police brutality

Tehran is hosting several African American activists in the third edition of the New Horizon conference, which deals this year with police brutality against African Americans and other people of color in the United States.

No decision made to filter Telegram, Instagram

A member of Group designated to Define Accounts of Crime in Virtual Space said on Wednesday that group has made no decision to filter Telegram and Instagram social networks.

IPC athletics World Championships: Iran’s Olfatnia bags Silver

Ali Olfatnia from Iran snatched a silver medal at the men’s long jump T37 on day eight of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.

Tehran football giants level scores in colorful match

The most prestigious showpiece of the Iranian football league has ended in a draw in an event filled with thrilling moments on the pitch and blanketed in high emotions for a major footballer whose pass-away was a shock for the arch-rivals.

2 Iranians win Germany’s ‘Green Talents’ award

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) awarded on Friday “Green Talents” to 27 young researchers, among whom were two Iranians.

Cultural Attaché: Addressing Iranophobia needs cultural activities

The Western media is propagating the conspiracy of Islamophobia and Iranophobia, and we need to foil their plots by launching extensive cultural activities, said Iran’s cultural attaché in Malaysia on Saturday.

Iran, Russia universities to establish union

University of Tehran president has said visit by delegation of heads of Iranian great universities to Russia helped establish Persian Language and Iranology departments in Russian universities.

 

Regional Affairs

Shamkhani: Iran, Pakistan determined to fight terrorism

Iran and Pakistan are strongly determined to launch a joint stern campaign against terrorism, said Ali Shamkhani Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, following meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister.

Saudi warplanes kill 13 Yemenis in attack on bus
At least 13 people have been killed in Saudi military attacks on a bus carrying the employees of a private company in Yemen’s southwestern Ta’izz Province.

Iran FM urges ‘non-interference’ in Syria’s internal affairs

Iran has called on foreign countries to stop interfere in Syria’s domestic affairs, saying the issue of such meddlesome policies will be on the agenda of the upcoming peace summit in Vienna, Press TV reports.

Egypt says Russian aircraft crashes in Sinai

Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said a Russian aircraft carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed Saturday in the restive Sinai peninsula.

Review of Egypt’s parliamentary election

Alwaght- The first phase of Egyptian parliamentary election was held on October 18 and 19 in 14 governorates of the country. The significant point is that some figures from the former regime, Mubarak regime, have won seats in the parliament amid a cold reception of the people and low voter turnout. The winning figures are mostly supporting President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi’s government.

Heads of foreign ministries begin Syrian talks in Vienna

Heads of the foreign ministries have started a meeting on the Syrian crisis in Vienna ahead of expanded talks to take place later in the day.

US-led invasion of Iraq worst crime of century: Chomsky

Prominent American author and linguist Noam Chomsky has blasted the US foreign policy, calling Washington’s 2003 invasion of Iraq “the worst crime of this century.”

U.S. to deploy small number of special forces to Syria in advisory role: sources

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to deploy a small number of special operations forces to Syria to advise moderate rebels, U.S. sources said, a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East.

Participants of Vienna talks agree on measures for Syria crisis regulation

The participants of the two-day talks in Vienna on the Syrian settlement have reached mutual understanding on the country’s unity, the need to defeat extremist groups, and helping refugees, as well as on the fact that the Syrian people must decide on the future of their state.

Scores of terrorists killed in Russian airstrikes in Idlib

The Russian air raids hit militants’ positions in Idlib Province, and killed dozens of terrorists, sources Saturday.
The Russian fighter jets conducted airstrikes on militant’s positions in al-Tamanah town in Idlib, killing scores of the Takfiri terrorists.

Bahrainis held dozens of anti-regime protests in October

Alwaght-The Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) said that 38 peaceful demonstrations were staged in a number of different areas across Bahrain. Some were subjected to collective crackdown, leaving at least 3 citizens injured.

Child labor in Gaza: Israel’s gift for Palestinian children

 The Israeli occupation, and the violence and socio-economic decline that result from it, are having a profound and lasting impact on Palestinian children. Child labor is spreading throughout Gaza. Forced to endure these tragic circumstances, our children are deprived of their innocence and of a peaceful childhood.