GECF extraordinary ministerial meeting in Tehran

Weekly Report: From Iran’s military drill to GECF summit in Tehran

Tehran, November 15, The Iran Project – Muhammad Rasulullah 3 military drill in eastern part of Iran, GECF summit meetings  in Tehran and participation of foreign countries senior officials dominated country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov.16-Nov.22).

Politics

Grand Ayatollah: Muslims should unite against ISIS

Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi has condemned the recent terror attacks in Lebanon, Baghdad and Paris, saying that Muslims can easily eliminate the Takfiri groups if they stand united, but the fact is that certain Islamic states support the terrorists.

IAEA Chief: Much progress made in Iran’s nuclear case last year

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano said that the IAEA has had another eventful year as important developments were made in relation to Iran’s nuclear program.

Majority Iranians say nuclear deal to improve relations with West

A majority of Iranians say the nuclear agreement reached by Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries is a good deal and expect improved relations with the West once the agreement is implemented, a new Gallup poll revealed on Thursday.

Iran designs drone capable of flying 1 hour

Iranian researchers have designed a drone capable of flying continuously for 53 minutes every time charged with battery.

President Rouhani officially welcomes his Turkmen counterpart

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani welcomed his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Sa’adabad Palace here on Sunday morning.

Economy

Persian carpets remain unrivaled

Tehran, Nov 17, IRNA – Despite domestic issues and international barriers to trading Iranian hand-woven carpets, Persian rugs are still frontrunners in the global market, according to the head of Iran’s National Carpet Center, Hamid Kargar.

South Pars phase 17 starts pumping gas

Iran has started pumping 10 mcm/d of natural gas from phase 17 development of the massive South Pars gas field, manager of the development project of phases 17&18 said.

Envoy: Iran prioritizes closer economic ties with Europe

Iran’s Ambassador to Germany Ali Majedi stressed deepening economic relations with Europe was a priority for his government, IRNA reported in Frankfurt on Thursday.

Tehran Gas Summit amid crucial time for energy markets: GECF Sec. Gen.

 The Summit Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is being held while the energy markets are facing “crucial time”, the forum’s Secretary General Mohmmad-Hossein Adeli said on Saturday.

GECF ministers draft summit final declaration, COP21 message: Zangeneh

  The Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) concluded here on Saturday with the participants anticipating brighter future for the forum and expressing support to further cooperation among the member states.

Military

Iran’s Army ready to smash ISIL moves: Commander

Commander of Iran’s Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan warned the ISIL terrorist group that approaching any closer than 40 kilometers to the Iranian borders will draw the country’s crushing response.

Commander: Ground Force drills aimed at exercising proxy wars

Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that his forces’ Tuesday morning wargames in the Eastern parts of Iran were aimed at increasing preparedness for battling terrorists in proxy wars.

US concerns intensify as Iran reveals new missile, Emad

Alwaght- Iran’s research and development in defense industries in the recent years and in the past have drawn attention of many countries including those with high military capabilities.

Basij forces stage military drill in Iran

Dozens of battalions from the Iranian Basij (volunteer) forces attended a large-scale war game, codenamed ‘Ela Beit ul-Muqaddas’ (Towards al-Quds), held near the northern city of Qom.

Iran general staff praises effectiveness of Russia’s campaign in Syria

The Iranian military command appreciates the effectiveness of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ anti-terrorist operation in Syria, the deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces told Sputnik Friday.

Society

Supreme Leader outlines environmental policy

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday outlined a 15-point general environmental policy for the country.

Iran thrashes Guam at World Cup qualifier

Group D leader Iran brushed aside the challenge of US territory Guam 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Drama section of 34th Fajr Intl. Theater Festival kicks off

The drama section of the 34th edition of Fajr International Theater Festival was inaugurated at Tehran’s City Theater Complex on Monday.

Iran, Russia reach agreement on expanding space research

Iran and Russia have reached an agreement on expanding space research cooperation, says Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Zarif: UNGA resolutions on human rights ironic

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the two resolutions, issued by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the status of human rights should be regarded as ironic.

‘I Am Diego Maradona’ to vie at Spanish Filmfest.

Iranian family drama I Am Diego Maradona, directed by Bahram Tavakoli, will be screened at 53rd Edition of Gijón International Film Festival.The flick is to go on screen in the Main Competition section of the festival which is held on November 21-28 in Gijón, a city in northwest of Spain.

Regional Affairs

Ceasefire prerequisite for start of political process in Syria: Iranian official

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said cessation of conflicts is necessary before a political process for resolving the Syrian crisis could begin.

Assad entitled to run for president in Syria: Iran

A senior Iranian official says Syria’s embattled president, Bashar al-Assad, is entitled to run for the presidency in any future election in the war-torn country.

Syrian army says warplanes destroyed some 450 terrorist targets

The Syrian Air Force has conducted 114 sorties in less than a week, destroying some 450 terrorist targets in seven provinces, an army spokesperson says.

Kurdish fighters arrest Saudi ISIS warlords in Iraq

Alwaght- Kurdish Fighters in Iraq have detained three ISIS terrorist group Commanders in Iraq’s Nineveh Province.

Daesh recruited over 400 kids in first 2015 quarter: UN official

A high-ranking United Nations (UN) official says the Takfiri Daesh militant group recruited more than 400 children during the first quarter of this year to carry out acts of terror in Syria.