Huge crowds of people attend procession in Tehran on Arbaeen

Weekly report: Iran marks Arbaeen of Imam Hussein martyrdom

November 12, The Iran Project – Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials; holding UN Day ceremony in Tehran; Arbaeen pilgrims walking from Najaf to Karbala; Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visit to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and participating in Int’l security conference in Uzbekistan; People mourning Arbaeen of Imam Hossein (PBUH) in Iran and Joint meeting of the three branches of government dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov 06–Nov 12).



Ayatollah Khamenei makes new appointments in Iran Army

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has made three new appointments in the Iranian Army.

Two million Iranian pilgrims in Iraq for Arbaeen rituals

Some two million Iranian pilgrims have crossed into Iraq so far to perform Arbaeen rituals slated for November 9, Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi said on Sunday.

Iran welcomes expansion of military ties with Pakistan

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran welcomes expansion of defensive and military cooperation with Islamabad hoping that such cooperation will lead to bolstering of political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

Iran’s Rouhani vows full, unwavering support for Lebanon’s stability

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will always stand by Lebanon and spare no effort to help improve the country’s stability.

Iranian FM, Tajik president confer in Dushanbe

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif held talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in the Tajikistan capital’s Dushanbe on Wednesday.

US envoy to UN accuses Iran of ‘Providing Weapons to Houthis in Yemen’

The US envoy to the UN has blamed Iran for the recent Yemeni Houthi rebel attack targeting Saudi Arabia in a claim repeatedly denied by Tehran.

Ayatollah Khamenei sees promising prospect for Islamic civilization 

The road leading to Islamic civilization is fraught with difficulties, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said, adding, however, that the Islamic Revolution’s growth in Iran heralds a promising and prosperous ending for that goal.

EU to preserve Iran nuclear deal: Mogherini

The European Union will make sure that the Iran nuclear deal “will continue to be fully implemented by all, in all its parts”, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Friday.

Iran’s Zarif attends Int’l security conference in Uzbekistan

An international conference on security and sustainable development opened in Uzbekistan on Friday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in attendance.

Iranian top diplomat, Uzbek president discuss bilateral ties

Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks on a range of issues, including latest efforts to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries in various areas.

IRGC fighter jet crashes in Southern Iran; Pilot killed

A Sukhoi-22 fighter jet belonging to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has crashed in southern Iran near the city of Sarvestan, Fars Province.

Iranian President: US, Israel enraged by foiled regional plots

Iran”s President Hassan Rouhani expressed pleasure with the regional nations’ victories over the terrorist groups and plots to disintegrate their countries, and said that the US and Israel are angry with these successes.


Regional Affairs

Iran standing by Syria in anti-terror fight: Leader’s advisor

Iran is standing by Syria in all fields such as fighting terrorism, Iran Supreme Leader’s senior advisor Ali Akbar Velayati said.

Futile terrorist attack on pilgrims foiled in eastern Iraq: Source

A terrorist attack on the Arbaeen pilgrims was thwarted on Thursday in a region in eastern Iraqi province of Wasit, security sources announced.

More than 13 million gather in Karbala for Arbaeen

Iraq’s top Shia cleric says more than 13 million have gathered in the holy city of Karbala to mark Arbaeen, the annual commemoration marking the end of the mourning period for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and a central figure in Shia Islam.

Lebanese president says Hariri has been ‘kidnapped’: Official

Lebanese President Michel Aoun says Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia, has been “kidnapped” and must have immunity.

Abadi: Anti-Daesh campaign has inflicted $100 billion in losses on Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the military campaign against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has cost the conflict-stricken Arab country $100 billion worth of damage as government forces, backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, are driving the extremists out of their last redoubt in the country.



IDRO, Russia Gazprom ink MoU on energy

Chairman of Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) Mansour Moazami and Vice-Chairman of Russian Gazprom Company Vitaly Markelov singed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on oil, gas and energy fields on Sunday.

Total starts work in Iran

Ministry of Cooperative, Labor and Social Welfare announced on Monday that authorization for the occupation of experts and directors of ‘Total-Iran BV’ Oil Company have been issued.

Iran signs deal with US firm General Electric ‎

The CEO of Iran’s MAPNA Group Abbas Aliabadi says the company has signed an initial agreement with the US multinational conglomerate General Electric.

Siemens delivers second F-class turbine for Iran power plant

Iran has taken delivery of the second F-class gas turbine from German engineering group Siemens for use at a 600-megawatt power station being built in Bandar Abbas.

EU team in Tehran to keep budding tie-up alive

A 70-strong delegation of senior European officials and business leaders is in Tehran to examine capacities for further expansion of trade ties.



Russia’s Golden Eagle Train to arrive in Tehran

Russian luxury Train ‘Golden Eagle’ with 30 foreign tourists to arrive in Iran on Saturday November 4, 2017.

Former US Congresswoman in Iraq for Arba’een Walk

A former American congresswoman, known for her anti-war stances, is in Iraq to attend the Arba’een walk, where she has to travel from Najaf to Karbala on foot.

Iranian FM visits Afghan art exhibit, wishes peace in world

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif here on Tuesday evening expressed hope that ‘kindness and peace’ could be established across the world, it was reported Wednesday morning.

Polo, Kamancheh to be added as Iran’s intangible cultural heritages to UNESCO lists

The team sport of polo, which is played on horseback, together with the Iranian bowed string instrument of Kamancheh are set to be added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists by the end of the current year.

Iran’s first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir

A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran’s first-ever submission for the Academy Awards’ foreign film directed by a woman.