Weekly report: From Steinmeier’s Iran visit to Zarif’s UK visit

34th Fajr intl. Film Festival, anniversary of Islamic Revolution, Leader’s meeting with athletes & organizers of Iran’s martyred athletes congress, German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Iran, Zarif meetings in London and inaugurating development projects by President in Mashhad dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Feb.1-Feb.7).

Politics

Salehi among Noble peace prize nominees

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has been enlisted in the list of nominees of the Nobel Peace Prize for his role which resulted in nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers on July 14.

Leader admires manifestation of Islamic culture in int’l sport fields

Presence of Iranian women in international sport fields with Islamic Hijab and Iranian athletes’ refraining from facing their Israeli rivals are admirable, the Leader said.

Velayati: Iran, Russia’s path to long-term coop. ‘irreversible’

Leader’s Senior Adviser Ali Akbar Velayati in a meeting with Alexei Pushkov, chairman of intl. committee of Russia, said the two countries will never return from the path of long-term, strategic cooperation. Ali Akbar Velayati on Tuesday held talks with Alexei Pushkov, the chairman of the international committee of the Russian State Duma and other members of the committe on expanding bilateral and regional cooperation.

JCPOA aimed at lifting enemy-imposed ‘siege’ on Iran: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the main objective that Tehran was pursuing in signing the nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries was to lift “the siege” that “ill-wishers” had imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Steinmeier: JCPOA opened new window to Iran-Germany ties

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Iran and Germany are deeply interested in closer bilateral relations as the nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has opened a new window to Tehran-Berlin ties.

US House passes bill restricting removal of Iran sanctions 

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at hindering the implementation of Iran’s historical nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries.

Rouhani stresses planning for Tehran-Berlin long-term cooperation

Planning for Tehran-Berlin long-term cooperation is necessary, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as welcoming boosting ties between Iran and Germany.

Leader urges action against new anti-security schemes

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called on Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) to make decisions closely aligned with the basic tenets of the Islamic Revolution and counter new hostile tactics aimed at undermining security in the country.

President Putin: Russia, Iran having strategic ties

Head of Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday and discussed the latest conditions of bilateral and regional ties.

Velayati: Iranian, Russian researchers play important role

Head of Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati called on distinguished Iranian and Russian researchers and thinkers to play a valuable role in the broadening of bilateral ties.

U.S. Republican questions timing of $1.7 billion Iran payment, hostage release

A powerful U.S. lawmaker on Wednesday demanded Secretary of State John Kerry provide an explanation of a $1.7 billion claim settlement paid to Iran just as Tehran released American prisoners last month.

Golden triangle: Iran, China, Russia to drive the world away from dollar

A Eurasian Golden Triangle is emerging with China, Russia and Iran as the three key points, F. William Engdahl notes.

Russian state company ready to build T-90S Tanks in Iran – Vice president

Russia’s machine-building company Uralvagonzavod is ready to manufacture T-90S tanks in Iran under a Russian license, the firm’s vice president said Wednesday.

Iran’s nuclear deal means diplomacy works: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that Tehran’s July 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers is proof that tough problems of the international community can be resolved through diplomacy.

Iran, Britain to resume issuing visa soon: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and Britain will resume issuing visas for the two countries’ citizens “within the next few weeks.”

Zarif visit to UK a step forward to normalization of relationship

British Chargé d’Affaires to Iran Nicholas Hopto highlights foreign minister Zarif’s visit to the UK as a step towards normalization of relationship.

Saudi Arabia lacks courage to deploy forces to Syria: IRGC commander

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari shrugged off the Saudi regime’s threat to deploy forces to war-stricken Syria as empty bravado.

Supreme Leader hails bravery of Iranians martyred in Syria

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei praised the bravery of Iranian combatants who lost their lives defending the holy shrines in Syria.

Rouhani: High-paced development attainable by youth employment

President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic is determined to attain development with a high pace and added that this can be materialized through employment of the youth.

Greece’s premier in Iran to discuss expansion of ties

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in the central Iranian city of Isfahan Saturday night on an official visit to the Islamic Republic aimed at strengthening bilateral political and economic relations.

Russia-Iran simplified visa deal first step to visa lifting for Russians

The entry into force of Russia’s agreement with Iran to simplify visa procedures is the first step toward the abolition of visas for Russian tourists, Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai said Saturday.

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Announces Visit to Iran

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says she is preparing to visit Iran following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran with world powers.

Iran, EU to hold fresh talks after JCPOA implementation

Tehran and the European Union are to hold a new round of talks for the first time after Iran and the P5+1 group of countries started implementation of the nuclear agreement.

Economy

Foreign companies keen on leasing planes to Iran

Chairman of Iran Civil Aviation Organization Ali Abedzadeh said foreign companies are keen on leasing their planes to Iran.

Shell ready to pay off Iran oil debt

Deputy Petroleum Minister for International Affairs and Commerce Amir-Hossein Zamani-Nia said that the multi-national oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell is pay back its arrears in oil purchase from Iran as soon as banking requirements are facilitated.

Peugeot to fully recompense Iran

A member of Iran’s Car Manufacturing Policymaking Council has announced that France’s Peugeot will compensate for its previous contract with Iran.

Canada eases certain sanctions against Iran

Canada has dropped many of the sanctions it imposed on Iran over that country’s nuclear ambitions.

Sanctions removal will help Iran return stolen cultural treasures

The removal of international sanctions against Iran will enable the Islamic Republic to demand the return of stolen cultural treasures, expand tourist links with the outside world and facilitate financial transactions with business partners around the globe.

Society

Iranian wrestlers enjoy golden night in Paris

The 2016 Paris International Tournament wrapped up with five gold, one silver and one bronze medal for the Iranian squad.

Iran celebrates Islamic Revolution anniversary

The ceremonies marking the time when the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini arrived back home on February 1, 1979 from exile, opened at Mehrabad Airport here on Monday.

Iran population hits 79 million

Statistical Center of Iran announced that the population of Iran hit 79 million people on February second at 21:34:30.

Iranian scientists win US NSF Award

Two Iranian scientists Negar Tavassolian and Babak Heidari won Stevens Award at US National Science Foundation (NSF).

FIFA rankings: Iran on top of Asia, Belgium still world’s No. 1

Team Iran has remained on top of Asian teams, with 626 points, in the latest FIFA rankings released for February.

Junior Iranian squash player ranked best among Asian athletes

Junior Iranian squash player Alireza Shameli has been named among the greatest athletes in Asia thanks to his commendable performance at the REDtone 9th Kuala Lumpur International Junior Open Squash Championships in Malaysia.

Iran’s eight-million-year-old fossils unveiled after returning home from US

Iran’s ancient fossils, which had been sent to the US some 40 years ago for studies and were returned home after Tehran won a decades-long legal dispute with Washington, were unveiled in the Iranian capital.

Regional Affairs 

Riyadh-supported Syrian opposition refuses to recognize other delegation

The Riyadh-formed Syrian opposition delegation refuses to recognize the delegation proposed by Moscow and Cairo, a spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said Sunday.

Opposition leader: Sudan blackmailed S. Arabia to cut ties with Iran

A senior Sudanese opposition leader revealed that the country’s government has blackmailed Saudi Arabia for severance of relations with Iran.

Senior Egyptian Qari Raqib Mustafa Qalwash passes away

Prominent Egyptian Quran reciter Raqib Mustafa Qalwash died on Thursday.