Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 02-12-2017

Iran Daily

Iran to play Portugal, Spain, Morocco in FIFA World Cup
Iran was drawn to face Morocco, Spain and Portugal at the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup which is due to be held from June 14 to July 15 next year in Russia.

Dozens injured in SE Iran quake
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman, the Iranian Seismological Center says.

China pushing billions into Iranian economy as Western firms stall
China is financing billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese-led projects in Iran, making deep inroads into the economy while European competitors struggle to find banks willing to fund their ambitions, Iranian government and industry officials said.

Chabahar Port’s speedy development important to Iran, critical to India
While the first phase of Shahid Beheshti Port in the port city of Chabahar, southeastern Iran, will be inaugurated tomorrow, India is showing greater interest than Iran in seeing the port fully developed as soon as possible as it is of critical importance to the South Asian state.

UN wants Saudi-led siege on Yemen fully lifted
The Saudi-led military coalition must fully lift its blockade on Yemen, where seven or eight million are “right on the brink of famine”, UN humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock said on Friday.

OPEC, Russia agree oil cut extension to end of 2018
OPEC and non-OPEC producers led by Russia agreed on Thursday to extend oil output cuts until the end of 2018 as they try to finish clearing a global glut of crude while signaling a possible early exit from the deal if the market overheats.

EU reiterates its support of Iran nuclear deal
European countries continue months of lobbying to keep the Iran nuclear deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May affirming support for the agreement between Iran and six world powers in the face of the US administration’s harsh rhetoric and threats to “terminate” it.

Iran FM, Azerbaijan president discuss ties, regional developments
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on bilateral ties and regional issues in Baku.

Erdogan: US sanctions on Iran weren’t binding for Turkey
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan argued that his country did not break a trade embargo on Iran as it hadn’t committed to abide by US sanctions, and there were no United Nations restrictions in place, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Friday.

Zanganeh: US companies, biggest losers from sanctions
The Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said that energy-related firms from the US are the main losers from the sanctions placed against his country.

Jahangiri meets with Medvedev in Sochi
Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri met with Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi for talks on bilateral, regional, and international issues.

Tehran Times

Zarif: U.S. cannot push Iran out of Syria
U.S. efforts to push Iranian military advisers out of Syria will not succeed, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, emphasizing that Iran’s presence in Syria is at the request
of the Syrian government.

Bahrainis mark ‘Day of Rage’ in support of Sheikh Qassim
Bahrainis are holding anti-regime protests in different areas in solidarity with prominent Shia Leader Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, whose health condition has seriously deteriorated under house arrest over the past days.

Over 4m Iranians are organ donors; more awareness needed
Over four million people in Iran have been registered as organ donors, MP Ali Nobakht said on Friday,
emphasizing the need to raise more awareness about importance of taking the philanthropic decision.

UN wants Saudi regime-led siege on Yemen totally lifted
The chief of the United Nations’ humanitarian affairs office has stressed that the House of Saud
regime-led blockade of Yemen has to be totally lifted.

Iran says cultural prejudice generates more hatred and violence
Iranian Vice President for Legal Affairs Layla Joneydi said on Thursday that cultural prejudice
towards different cultures and religions generates more hatred and violence.

Iran-Russia cooperation in terror fight presents ‘successful model’, VP says
Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri said on Thursday that Iran-Russia cooperation in fighting terrorism is a “successful model” in the world, a reference to joint military actions against terrorists in Syria.

Halt to heavy water purchase is a U.S. problem: Tehran
Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said on Friday that it is the Trump administration’s problem for halting purchase of heavy water from Iran.

Foreign military build-ups won’t work in Afghanistan: Iran
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that the threat of extremist violence and terror requires the international community’s “resolute unified response”, emphasizing that terrorism in Afghanistan cannot be resolved through foreign military build-ups.