Weekly report: Iran twin election’s results

Tehran, March 06,The Iran Project – Iran’s twin election’s results, Turkish PM and Maltes FM travel to Iran, demise of Ayatollah Abbas Vaezi Tabasi and Zarif’s Asian tour dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Feb.29-Mar.06).

 

Politics

Reformists officially win Tehran

Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli in a press conference in Elections HQ has just announced that the whole list of reformist candidates in Tehran has won the 30 seats of capital in the Parliament.

FM spokesman: Iran nuclear program not a threat to other countries

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said on Monday that Iran’s nuclear program solely aims to serve lawful purposes and poses no a threat to any regional countries.

House OKs measure urging Iran to aid in Levinson’s case

The House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling on Tehran to fulfill its promise of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who allegedly  went missing in Iran nine years ago.

US Navy chief in Persian Gulf gets report into Iran boat incident

The U.S. Navy says results of an internal investigation into how 10 American sailors entered Iranian territorial waters have been handed over to the commander overseeing the region for review.

Turkish PM says Ankara, Tehran share common goal of ending ethnic conflicts

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that relations between Turkey and Iran are extremely important for peace and stability.

Major cleric passes away at 80

Ayatollah Abbas Vaezi Tabasi, the Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and the Supreme Leader’s representative in Razavi, North, and South Khorasan died at the age of 80 at Imam Reza hospital in the city of Mashad Friday morning.

Supreme Leader leads prayers for late Ayatollah Vaez

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led prayers held for late Ayatollah Abbas Vaez Tabasi in the holy city of Mashad on Saturday morning.

Iran, Turkey ties to boost region stability: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says cooperation between Iran and Turkey will play a positive role in the settlement of regional issues, urging the two countries to focus their efforts on the fight against terrorism.

Saudi Arabia fueling tensions, insecurity in Mideast: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Saudi Arabia seeks to instigate tensions and insecurity in the Middle East.

Iran FM arrives in Jakarta for OIC meeting

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the Indonesian capital on Sunday morning.

Economy

President Rouhani unveils 2 products of Iranian auto makers

President Hassan Rouhani unveiled here on Tuesday two news cars manufactured by Iranian auto producers.

SWIFT banking system operational in Iran

Managing Director of Bank of Industry and Mine has denied reports that SWIFT banking system has not been restored in Iran, saying that money transfer has become operational since 10 days ago.

Iran among five major machine-woven carpet exporters: Official

The deputy of the ministry of industry says Iran ranks fifth in export of machine-woven carpets in the world after China, Turkey, India and Belgium.

Europe-Iran Bank (Eihbank) resumes activities

The first German bank resumed its activities in Iran, the German NTV announced here Thursday.

Iran expects economic growth above 5 percent in 2016

Iran expects economic growth of more than 5 percent in 2016 after the lifting of sanctions on the country, state television quoted the central bank governor on Saturday as saying.

Iran says European banks reluctant to resume transactions

Iran complained on Saturday that European banks and companies were too wary about renewing business ties following the lifting of economic sanctions and said it had asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ease their concerns.

Iran, Turkey economic activists hold meeting in Tehran

A meeting of Iranian and Turkish economic activists convened in the Iranian capital on Saturday.

Society

Iran Human Development Report 2015 unveiled

The 2015 Iran Human Development Report was put on view in Tehran in the presence of Iran’s Deputy FM as well as the UN resident coordinator in Iran.

Iran to get luxury hotel on Caspian Sea

Iran, where beaches are segregated by gender and alcohol is banned, is getting its first foreign-branded seaside hotel, complete with swimming pools, bars and a spa.

Iran, Norway research centers to ink cooperation MoU

Representatives from a Norwegian oil services company, Aker Solutions ASA, will sign a memorandum of understating with Iran’s Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) to cooperate in petroleum research areas.

FAO urges joint cooperation on water scarcity in Iran

FAO representative to Iran says the organization advocates collective partnership in combating water scarcity in Iran.

Iran officially attends Munich Int’l Handicraft Fair for 1st time

Iran officially took part in the 2016 Munich International Handicraft Fair for 1st time which was held for seven days in Munich international fairground, Germany.

Regional Affairs

Erdogan’s ‘Disregard for Diplomacy’ gets Turkish president into trouble

The Turkish president’s disregard for the rules of diplomacy often gets Recep Tayyip Erdogan into trouble as evidenced by his remarks following the downing of a Russian bomber, Turkey’s BirGün newspaper asserted.

Iran condemns PGCC decision to designate Hezbollah ‘Terror Group’

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Thursday lashed out at the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council for designating Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement a “terrorist group.”

Nigerian protesters call for release of Shia cleric, Zakzaky

Nigerians have staged fresh protest rallies across the country to call for the immediate release of jailed Shia cleric and leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Turkish police use tear gas, water canon at protesters in Istanbul

Turkish police forces in Istanbul have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside the headquarters of the mainstream opposition newspaper Zaman to voice their anger at government’s takeover of the daily.

Hezbollah’s Arab identity; Fact or opinion?

What defines the Arab identity? Some claim it is language, culture, politics, religion and even history. Others agree upon the shared linguistic, genealogical, and cultural background. The modern Arab identity extends from West Asia to Northern Africa, including Lebanon, the birthplace of Hezbollah. Yet for some Arab states that use their media to spread propaganda, Arabism appears to have become a synonym for betrayal. If so, then Hezbollah is indeed not Arab.

Turkish democracy is dead, but we won’t kneel to repressive govt – Zaman journalist

Ankara’s media crackdown marked the end of democracy in Turkey, a journalist from Today’s Zaman newspaper told RT, promising that the media staff would not betray the freedom of expression and cooperate with government-imposed management.