Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 24-08-2016

Iran Daily

Rouhani: Economy on right track
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the country’s economic progress during his term, saying Iran’s economy is on the right track despite problems that have gripped oil exporting countries.

Iraq forces launch push to retake town south of Mosul
Iraqi Special Forces led an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking the terror-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul, military sources said.

Ebtekar: Gov’t taking major steps to clean the air
Our health and well-being are, somehow, tied to the environment. This is an area which requires a great deal of attention and work on national levels.

FM meets with Cuban president
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Cuba’s President Raul Castro while on the first leg of a six-nation tour of Latin American countries.

Over 1,900 killed in ‘chilling’ Philippines war on drugs
More than 1,900 people, or about 36 per day, have been killed in a violent campaign against drugs in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office seven weeks ago, the country’s national police chief said on Tuesday.

Merkel wants migrant return deals with N. African states
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday on the EU and North African countries to do deals modeled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe.

Shamkhani: Tehran-Moscow-Damascus cooperation stifled US strategy in Syria
A senior Iranian official on Tuesday highlighted Iran’s smart policies and political might in arranging for the capacities of one of the world’s strongest air forces to be used in Syria, saying that concerted action by Iran, Russia and Syria in the recent military operations against terrorist groups has stifled the “foot-dragging strategy” of the US that aimed to influence security developments in Syria, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Rouhani: Economy on right track
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the country’s economic progress during his term, saying Iran’s economy is on the right track despite problems that have gripped oil exporting countries.

Russia in talks to deliver 60 helicopters to Iran
The Russian Helicopters holding is in talks with Iran on the deliveries of Ansat and Ka-226T light multirole helicopters for Iran, the company’s press service said on Tuesday.

Tehran Times

Govt. renews loyalty to Imam Khomeini, insists on resistance economy
President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that his government’s will and determination is to follow the path of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.

Tehran-Moscow ties beyond counterterrorism campaign: Shamkhani
The Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary has characterized relations between Tehran and Moscow as one much beyond the counterterrorism campaign, wide enough to cover other areas, as well.

Cuba sees Iran an important economic partner
Iran is a significant economic partner for Cuba and economic ties should be expanded between the two countries, said Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz.

Six-monthly report on JCPOA drafted: MP
Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, spokesman for the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said on Tuesday that the framework for the six-monthly report on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has been devised.

Iranian Artists Forum to review Peter Brook’s films
Five movies by the prominent English theater and film director Peter Brook will be reviewed at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran during a six-day program, which will begin this evening.

Cesarean delivery down 7% in 2 years: health minister
The rate of cesarean delivery operation has decreased by seven percent in Iran since the enactment of the healthcare reform plan on May 4, 2014, Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh-Hashemi said on Monday.

Moscow in talks with Tehran over sale of light choppers: Russian official
Russia’s Helicopters Company is in talks with Iran over sale of its new Ansat and Kamov KA-226T ambulance helicopters, the company’s deputy CEO said Tuesday.

Iran’s non-oil trade exceeds $35.8b in 5 months
Iran’s non-oil trade during the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-August 21, 2016) amounted to $35.817 billion, according to the Iran Customs Administration.

Iranian, Turkish diplomats meet to move closer to a solution for Syrian crisis
Days after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s surprise visit to Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari sat down with his Turkish counterpart Omid Yalcin in Ankara in a bid to forge a closer understanding on the future of Syria.

Russian use of air base drives wedge among MPs, Majlis and defense ministry
Russia’s use of an air base in Iran to launch airstrikes on terrorist strongholds in Syria has resulted in what it seems to be an ‘authority debate’ among the parliament and defense ministry.

Russia says future use of Iran air base depends on Syria circumstances
Staff & agencies Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman, said in a statement that Russian aircraft operating from an Iranian air base to conduct strikes in Syria had completed their tasks, but left open the possibility of using the Hamadan base again if circumstances warranted.