Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 28-02-2017

Iran Daily

President: Iran welcomes expansion of ties with Indonesia
President Hassan Rouhani on Monday said that Tehran welcomes expansion of political, economic, scientific and cultural relations with Jakarta.

Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ wins Oscar
Iranian film ‘The Salesman’ on Sunday won the Oscar for best foreign language film, but director Asghar Farhadi skipped the Hollywood gala to protest a travel ban by US President Donald Trump.

Total in talks to buy Iranian LNG project
Total is in talks to buy a multibillion dollar stake in Iran’s partly-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, Iran LNG, seeking to unlock vast gas reserves.

Iraqi forces in control of key Mosul bridge
Iraqi forces seized a damaged Mosul bridge on Monday which could link up their units on either side of the Tigris River.

Hungary starts construction of second border fence
Hungary has begun building a second line of fence along its southern border with Serbia, a government spokesman said on Monday, a move likely to exacerbate criticism from some of the country’s European Union partners.

UN chief: Rights breaches spreading like ‘disease’
Disregard for basic rights is a spreading “disease” with “the perverse phenomenon of populism” fuelling rising intolerance, the UN chief warned Monday as he opened the Human Rights Council’s main session.

Iran test-fires missiles in naval drills
Iran’s Navy successfully test-fired new domestically-manufactured missiles during the military drills underway in southern waters.

Zarif asks West to shoulder more responsibility in anti-drug campaign
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the West must shoulder more responsibility in the campaign against trafficking of narcotics and refrain from politicizing the issue.

Iran urges ‘restraint’ amid Baku-Yerevan renewed tensions
Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a statement urged Azerbaijan and Armenia to avoid escalation by exercising restraint as clashes between the two neighbors claimed the lives of several Azerbaijani soldiers.

Tehran Times

Marine cruise missile successfully tested
Iran has successfully test- fired its newest marine cruise missile in ongoing naval exercises in southern waters of the Persian Gulf, Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said on Monday.

Trump will abide by nuclear deal, Iran says
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Monday that Donald Trump’s administration will abide by the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Abbas: No state should relocate Israel embassy
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has warned all foreign countries against relocating their respective embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to East al-Quds (Jerusalem), which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

Iran reiterates unfaltering support for Syria, Iraq
On Monday, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani reiterated Tehran’s unwavering support for Iraq and Syria in the face of terrorism.

Goldfish buyers herald Norouz
With Norouz – the Iranian New Year starting on March 21 – approaching, people buy goldfish which adorns haft-seen table, an arrangement of seven symbolic items all starting with the letter S in the Persian alphabet.

Iran not favoring ECO distracted by peripheral tensions
Just two days ahead of the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization, an official with Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the bloc should press ahead with its mission regardless of what he called the “surrounding tensions.”

Rouhani welcomes expansion of ties with Indonesia
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran welcomes expansion of ties with Indonesia in areas of politics, economy, culture and science.

Tehran says policy towards Riyadh is ‘clear’
Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on Monday that Iran’s stance on Saudi Arabia is “clear”, noting the Islamic Republic has adopted an “active” policy towards Riyadh.

Iran urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to end hostilities
The Iranian Foreign Ministry late on Sunday called on neighboring Armenia and the Azerbaijan Republic to settle the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue through dialogue, ISNA reported.

Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress, Associated Press reported.