Official electoral campaigns begin in Tehran

Weekly report: Starting of election campaigns in Iran

Tehran, February 21,The Iran Project –  Zarif European tour,beginning of electoral campaigns in Iran, Omani FM trip to Iran dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Feb.15-Feb.21).

Politics

Iran, Oman firm to boost all-out relations: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described Iran-Oman relations as exemplary, saying Tehran and Muscat are keen to expand relations in various fields to contribute to regional and international peace and security.

 

President: Regional countries eyeing Iranian elections

President Hassan Rouhani said here on Saturday that the regional countries are eyeing at the upcoming elections slated for February 26.

Industry min. meets head of ISCI in Baghdad

Iran’s minister of industry, mine and trade met with Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar al-Hakim on Thursday.

Iran to announce S-300 delivery date in the near future

Iran will soon announce the dates of Russian S-300 air defense system deliveries, Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hassan Firouzabadi said Thursday.

US wants to present Iran’s upcoming elections as illegitimate – Iran Leader

The United States wants to call into question the decisions soon to be made by the Iranian Guardian Council, a clerical body that oversees elections and legislation in the country, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said Wednesday.

Russia, Iran to sign contract on delivering Su-30SM fighters in 2016

Moscow and Tehran will sign o contract on the delivery of Su-30SM multirole fighters to Iran this year.

Iran in new phase of ties with Europe

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran and Europe has entered a new phase of relations and will speed up cooperation following the implementation of JCPOA.

US: Russian fighter jet sale to Iran would violate arms ban

 The Obama administration said Thursday that a proposed Russian sale of fighter jets to Iran would violate a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran, setting up another standoff related to last year’s nuclear negotiations.

Defense min., Russia’s Putin confer on regional coop.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Tue. meeting with Iran’s Defense Minister Dehghan expressed his satisfaction over the expansion of defense and security cooperation between Tehran and Moscow.

Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran to continue anti-Daesh fight

Iran will not cease its efforts to fight against Daesh and the al-Nusra Front jihadist groups, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday.

Supreme Leader: People will disappoint enemies in the upcoming elections

 Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the vigilant Iranian people once again will disappoint the enemies through mass participation in the upcoming elections.

IRGC to have delivery of new ballistic missiles: Commander

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said his forces are going to receive two types of advanced homegrown ballistic missiles in the near future.

Independent states must tighten ranks: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says independent states must tighten their ranks to thwart plots by hegemonic powers.

Iran nuclear accord means little to US

The US administration is preventing the country’s banks from doing business with Iran despite the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Economy

Airbus A350 makes ‘symbolic’ first landing in Iran

An Airbus A350 wide-body passenger jet made a symbolic first landing in Iran nearly a month after the manufacturer signed a deal with Tehran to deliver 118 new aircraft, Iranian media reported Saturday.

Boeing cleared for Iran talks after $27 billion Airbus haul

Boeing Co. is finally open for business in Iran.

Russia to start construction of two units at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant

The construction of two more units of the Bushehr nuclear power plant are due to start in the nearest future, the head of Russia’s Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation said Friday.

Iranian parliament keeping close watch on foreign contracts after JCPOA: MP

  A senior member of the Iranian parliament’s Planning, Budget and Audits Commission announced that the legislative body is continuously monitoring the country’s contracts with foreign companies after the nuclear deal with world powers, known as JCPOA.

Regional affairs

Halt in Saudi aid to Lebanon proves Riyadh’s support for terrorism: Hezbollah

Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement indicated that a Saudi decision to halt a 3-billion-dollar donation to the Lebanese army only proved Riyadh’s support for terrorism.

The latest: Russia’s Lavrov discusses Syria with Kerry

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Iraqi court sentences 40 to death Tikrit carnage

A court in Iraq have handed down death sentences to 40 people over links to the June 2014 massacre of hundreds of military recruits at the hands of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in northern Iraq.

Turkish jets target PKK positions in northern Iraq

Turkish bombers have carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq following a deadly car bomb explosion in Turkey’s capital, Ankara.

Kremlin rejects Turkey’s accusations Russia killed civilians in Syria

Feb 16 The Kremlin strongly rejected on Tuesday accusations by Turkey that Russia committed a war crime in Syria after missile attacks killed scores of people a day earlier, hitting several medical facilities and schools.

Society

Iran snatches gold, silver at Asian Indoor Athletics C’ships

 Iranian representatives won one gold and one silver medal at 60 meters event of Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Qatar.

Serbian Pres. awards Iranian neurosurgeon with ‘Medal of Merit’

World renowned neurosurgeon Prof. Madjid Samii received ‘Medal of Merit’ from Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić on Monday.During a ceremony held on February 15, Serbia’s National Day, President Tomislav Nikolić honored 66 personalities and institutions with medals of merit.

Iran’s Zarif tells European lawmakers Islamist militancy also their problem

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told European Union lawmakers on Tuesday militant Islam was also a European problem as he defended Iran’s involvement in Syria’s proxy war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.

ABRII to unveil 5 bio-tech accomplishments

The Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran is to unveil 5 new achievements in Iran’s National Conference on Bio-Economy and Bio-Marketing on Feb. 16.