Weekly Report: From GECF summit to leader’s 2nd letter to Western youth

Tehran, November 29, The Iran Project – GECF summit  in Tehran and participation of foreign countries, massive rally of millions of Iranians toward the holy city of Karbala and the second letter of the Iran’s Supreme Leader to the youth in Western countries dominated Iran’s media outlets in the past week (Nov.23-Nov.29).

Politics

Ayatollah Khamenei meets Russian President Putin

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has met with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Iranian, Russian presidents Ink 7 cooperation agreements

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin inked 7 agreements and MoUs for boosting mutual cooperation.

Accusing Basij of radicalism completes enemy’s infiltration project: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says those people who accuse Basij force of being radical are in fact completing the enemy’s infiltration project.

IAEA confirms non-deviation of Iran’s nuclear activities

 Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on Thursday confirmed non-deviation of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities in his latest report to the agency’s Board of Governors.

Funeral procession held for ex-Iran envoy

A funeral procession has been held for Iran’s former Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi, who died in a crush during Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia more than two months ago.

Economy

Iran’s biggest oil investment event opens

An important conference opens in Tehran to lay out 50 oil and gas projects worth $185 billion for development through foreign investment which Iran hopes to trickle in with the lifting of Western sanctions.

Economy Minister: Iran to have highest regional growth next year

Based on specialize international economic forecasts, Iran next year is going to herald the highest economic growth accrossthe region extending from north of Africa to the Middle East, said Ali Tayyeb-Nia, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance.

President Rouhani hails GECF summit outcome

President Hassan Rouhani has commended the coordinators working for convention of the summit meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) saying it demonstrated Iran’s increasing dignity.

President Rouhani: Iran to boost gas output to 1bln c/m per day

President Hassan Rouhani announced here in Monday that Iran’s gas output will hit one billion cubic meters within next two years from the current 600 million cubic meters.

Russia eyes $21 billion deals as Putin visits Iran

As President Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran on Monday, Russia looks to secure export deals worth $21 billion with Iran which is about to walk free from a web of Western sanctions soon.

Military

Iran Navy receives domestically-built Qadir cruise missiles

Iran’s Navy has officially received domestically-manufactured anti-ship cruise missiles dubbed Qadir.

Iran Navy prepared to strongly repel threats: Cmdr.

Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country’s naval forces are prepared to strongly counter any threat against the country.

Senior commander: Iran enjoys intelligence superiority over terrorist groups

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that the country has the upper hand in intelligence over the terrorist groups in the region.

Official says Moscow to begin sending S-300s to Iran ‘this year’

Moscow expects to begin supplying advanced S-300 antiaircraft missile systems to Iran before the end of this year, a top Russian official has said.

Iran Navy unveils new defense achievements

Iran unveiled the newest achievements of the Navy in a ceremony on Monday attended by Army Deputy Commander-in-Chief Abdol-Rahim Mousavi and Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari.
Society

Iran’s Surena smarter than Asimo: Daily Mail

Step aside Asimo. A robot being developed in Iran has just got a lot smarter, Daily Mail reported.

Iran slams West double standards on human rights

Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has criticized Western countries for pursuing double standard policies on human rights.

Near 1.5 million Iranians enter Iraq for Arbaeen Day

Near one and a half million of Iranian pilgrims entered Iraq through three border points until late Friday.

2015 APSA awards Iranian actress Motamed-Aria

The 2015 edition of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has awarded Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria during a cereony held in Brisbane, Australia.

Women futsal players finish 7th in World Tournament

Beating Japan in their last encounter, Iranian women’s futsal team finished seventh at the 2015 Women’s Futsal World Tournament in Guatemala.

Regional Affairs

Iran to back Palestinians ‘in any way we can’: Ayatollah Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader said on Wednesday that Iran would support the Palestinian uprising against Israel “in any way we can”, and rejected U.S. accusations that a recent wave of Palestinian knife and car-ramming attacks amounted to “terrorism”.

Putin on Su-24 downing: Ally delivered treacherous stab in the back

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin called the downing of Su-24 Fencer bomber an inexplicable and treacherous stab in the back.

UK to step up cooperation with Russia, Iran in anti-ISIL fight – Cameron

Britain will step up its diplomatic efforts on Syria crisis settlement and cooperation with Russia and Iran to combat Islamic State militants more effectively, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday.

Russian president Putin orders sanctions against Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.

Assad: Syrian victories indebted to support of friendly nations

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the Syrian people and army in their stiff struggle with terrorism are indebted to the support of the friendly nations mainly the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia.