Iran’s coverage: Zarif to depart for Germany, Italy on Monday

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Iran FM to depart for Germany, Italy on Monday

Iranian foreign minister will leave Tehran for Europe on Monday to pay official visits to Germany and Italy, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi announced.


US informed of Iran strikes on ISIL in Deir Ezzor

IRGC Air Force commander while stressing that the June 18 missile attacks on ISIL positions successfully hit all targets said the US might have been informed of the attacks from Iran’s allies, such as Russia.


Leader pardons over 1,000 Iranian prisoners on Eid

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on the occasion of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr pardoned or commuted prison terms of 1,049 convicts found guilty by various Iranian courts.


Iran condoles Pakistan over oil tanker explosion

Iran has forwarded a message of condolences to government and nation of Pakistan over an oil tanker explosion claiming the lives of at least 120 people and injuring 130 on Sunday.


Iran, victim of terrorism: Senior official

Iran has sacrificed 17,000 martyrs for fighting terrorism, said senior Iranian official here on Sunday, stressing “Iran is the victim of terrorism.”


Iran’s Defense Minister congratulates Muslim counterparts on Eid al-Fitr

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan offered his congratulations on the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


Tehran, Riyadh not decided yet to open interest sections

A top Iranian official says Iran and Saudi Arabia have not yet made any decision to open interest sections in the two countries.


Iran unveils new homegrown battle rifle

Iran unveiled a new type of battle rifle designed and manufactured by domestic experts to replace Heckler & Koch G3 assault rifles currently used by the country’s Armed Forces.


Majlis to review urgent plan to counter US Senate decision: MP

Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) is to review the 20-article urgent plan to counter Senate sanctions on Iran, Head of Majlis (parliament) Research Center Kazem Jalali said.


Iran’s aid to Qatar of humanitarian nature: Envoy

Iran’s ambassador to Kuwait says the aid dispatched by Tehran to Doha amid the country’s row with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states is totally humanitarian.