Weekly report: Ramadan Abdullah trip to Iran

December 11, The Iran Project – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Southeast Asian tour including India, China, Japan, Shell signing MoU to study Iran oilfields, head of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer visit to Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials, British PM Theresa May anti-Iran remarks in Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) summit in Bahrain, Secretary-General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Ramadan Abdullah trip to Iran and Iranian army holding war game in Southeastern regions and start of The International Conference on Regional Security Order in Tehran dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Dec 05– Dec 11).



Senior MP: Russia through with delivery of S-300 air defense system to Iran

Rapporteur of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini underlined that Russia has delivered all parts of the S-300 air defense system to Iran as both countries have agreed to boost their logistic and technical cooperation.

U.N. nuclear watchdog confirms Iran shipped sensitive material abroad: diplomat

Iran has shipped 11 tonnes of heavy water abroad to bring its stock back under a limit set by its landmark nuclear deal with major powers, according to a diplomat citing a confidential U.N. nuclear watchdog report.

Salehi, French counterpart discuss bilateral ties in Vienna

Head of AEOI Salehi met with CEA head, Verwaerde, in Vienna on Tuesday.

Zarif meets Japanese premier in Tokyo

Visiting Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed issues of mutual interests in a meeting here with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday.

‘Iran’s Aseman Airlines has no flights to EU’

Iran’s Aseman Airlines says has downplayed an announcement that it has been banned from EU skies, stressing that no flight to the Union has been on its agenda.

Three SH-3 choppers join Iranian navy’s fleet

A senior commander of the Iranian Navy said three helicopters dubbed “SH-3 Sea King” and a hovercraft named “BH7” have been added to the Navy’s fleet.

Khoshroo meets new UN chief

Mr. Gholam Ali Khoshroo, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, met and talked with UN Secretary General-designate, Antonio Guterres, on Thursday.

Iran summons British envoy over PM’s meddlesome remarks

Iran has summoned the British ambassador to Tehran over the recent meddlesome remarks made by UK Prime Minister Theresa May against the Islamic Republic.

Shamkhani: Iran ready to respond to US over breach of nuclear deal

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Saturday that the nuclear deal was a clear sign of Iran’s soft power and that Iran will respond to the United States over breach of the deal, JCPOA.


Marriott is first US hotel group to eye Iran

Marriott International has become the first US hotel group to announce its interest in the Iranian tourism market which is seeing a march by global hospitality companies in search of opportunities.

Shell signs MoU to study Iran oilfields

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Royal Dutch Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to conduct studies on Azadegan, Yadavaran and Kish oilfields in Iran.

Zarif calls for more active presence of Japanese companies in Iran

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday called for more active presence of Japanese companies in the Iranian market.

Iran inks major deal with S. Korea on purchase of 10 ships

The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) signed a major deal with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (HHI) to buy 10 ships from the world’s largest shipbuilding company.

Iran’s oil minister says non-OPEC countries agree to cut oil production by 600,000 barrels

Countries outside OPEC are going to reduce oil production by 600,000 barrels per day from January 1, 2017, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh told reporters.


70 European and Asian firms to attend Iran’s renewable energies conference

According to a report by IFP, the International Renewable Energies Conference will be held on December 6-8 with the support of Iranian Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology.

Iran can become global tech player: UN

A UN report says Iran has developed the science and technology skills necessary to be a global player in more than oil and gas but it must invest more in innovation.

License plates for camels in Southern Iran!

“We are going to give identity cards to 35,000 camels during the first phase of issuing licence plates for them,” said Mohammad-Sharif Khaleqinia, the secretary of Iranian Central Task Force to Combat the Smuggling of Commodities and Currency in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

Muslim girls in Germany forced to take swimming lessons alongside boys

According to a report covered by Mashregh News in Farsi, Germany’s constitutional court ruled that Muslim schoolgirls must take part in mixed swimming lessons together with boys.

Russian Meteorite hunters set off for Iran

A team of Russian scientists from the Ural Federal University is preparing to travel to Iran to hunt for fallen meteorites.

Regional Affairs

Israeli settlement expansion blatant violation of international law: Iran

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned a recent Israeli bill to legalize some 4,000 settler units in the occupied West Bank, saying the Tel Aviv regime’s settlements are a “mass and blatant violation” of international law.

Hezbollah leader: Promised victory coming to Syria

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says the “promised” victory is secured for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the city of Aleppo as at least 93% of the city is liberated from terrorist factions.

UK committed to security of Persian Gulf allies: Johnson

The UK “is back” in the Persian Gulf region and will remain committed to the security of its Arab allies there in the foreseeable future, says British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.

Istanbul twin bomb attacks leave scores dead

Twin bomb attacks have rocked Istanbul, killing 29 people and wounding 166 more, says Turkey’s Interior Minister.

Donald Trump’s expected pick for secretary of state is a Putin-friendly Exxon CEO

Donald Trump is expected to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, adding a corporate executive with extensive ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin to his presidential cabinet. Tillerson has relationships with many world leaders, but has never served in government or taken public positions on many of thorny issues he would confront as the nation’s top diplomat.