Weekly report: 33rd Fajr Music Festival wraps up in Iran

January 21, The Iran Project – Holding PUIC Conf. with Parliament speakers in attendance; Pakistani Minister of Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials; Ayatollah seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani receiving top Muslim world parliamentarians; New ambassadors submiting credentials to Iranian president; People commemorating Iranian firemen killed in Plasco building collapse and 33rd Fajr Music Festival wraping up in Iran dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (January 15–January 21).

PUIC General Committee meeting kicks off in Tehran 

The 20th session of the PUIC General Committee started with the attendance of Iran Majlis (parliament) speaker Ali Larijani on Monday in Tehran.

Future of Syria to be determined by its nation’s will

Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Shamkhani met with speaker of people’s council of Syria and the accompanying delegation, where he said that the will of the Syrian nation will determine the future of this country.

US ‘arrant erring’ on al-Quds futile: Ayatollah Khamenei 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US is overstepping its bounds in recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and planning to move its embassy there, adding that the measures are in vain.

PUIC members condemn US recognition of Quds as Israeli capital 

Delegations participating in the 13th Conference of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states (PUIC) in Tehran deplored Washington’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds and recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.

Minister: Iran, Pakistan to expand defense, scientific, technological cooperation 

Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami said Iran-Pakistan cooperation will be further expanded in the fields of defense, science and technology.

Senior Hamas figure writes to Ayatollah Khamenei to hail Iran’s stance on Quds

A leader of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, Ismail Haniyeh, has sent a letter to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, praising Iran’s stance on Jerusalem al-Quds.

US lawmakers table bill meant to ‘tighten’ terms of Iran nuclear deal

US lawmakers have put forward a bill at the House of Representatives, seeking to “tighten” the term of a 2015 multinational nuclear deal with Iran, despite international warnings for Washington to stop attempts to undermine the accord.

Iran standing firm against Israeli regime: Gen. Soleimani 

The commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran is standing up to the Zionist regime of Israel with dignity and power.

Iran to dominate many Tillerson conversations in Europe next week

Iran will dominate many of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s conversations in Europe next week, when he is visiting London, Paris, Warsaw and Davos, Switzerland, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday.

Iran, Russia discuss Syria peace process in Sochi 

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a senior assistant to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has held talks with Alexander Lavrentiev, the Russian president’s special envoy for Syria.

US withdrawal from JCPOA, big political folly: Iran’s Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States would be making “a very big” political mistake if it pulls out of the 2015 multilateral agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Damascus grand mufti praises Tehran support for Syria

Syria’s grand mufti thanked Iran’s support for the war-torn country over past seven years and praised Tehran’s role in resolution of crisis there.

Barzani travels to Tehran for first time since controversial referendum

Iraqi Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani has arrived in Tehran with his accompanying delegation, marking normalizing relations between Iran and the Iraqi Kurdistan region since the controversial independence referendum.

Germany weighs new sanctions against Iran: report

Germany is lobbying among European allies to agree new sanctions against Iran in an attempt to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from terminating an international deal curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.


Regional Affairs

Israeli PM: US embassy to move to Jerusalem this year

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he’s certain that the US Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem in the coming year, much sooner than US President Donald Trump administration officials have estimated.

Hezbollah among most effective forces fighting terror in Mideast: Nasrallah

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has described his group as one of the most effective forces in the fight against terrorism across the Middle East region.

Iran, Russia cooperation on Syria fruitful: Iranian diplomat

Tehran and Moscow enjoy productive cooperation in Syria, Iran’s top negotiator in Syria peace talks said.

Manbij next, says Erdogan as Turkey warplanes bomb Syria’s Afrin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara plans to launch an operation against US-backed Kurdish militants in the northern Syrian city of Manbij as Turkish warplanes launch airstrikes on positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria.

Yemeni forces, allies hit Saudi military base with ballistic missile: Report

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a short-range ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran, in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s military campaign against the crisis-hit country, Yemeni media report.



Iran jetliner deal could take longer to complete, Airbus says

The sales chief of European planemaker Airbus predicted Iran would take delivery of dozens of European jets it has ordered under a nuclear sanctions deal with major powers, but warned the transactions could take longer to complete than planned.

French carmaker PSA’s sales lifted by growth in Iran and Latin America

French carmaker PSA’s (PEUP.PA) global sales jumped by 15 percent last year as strong growth in Iran and Latin America helped to offset difficulties in Britain and China.

Iran’s deal with Bombardier nears conclusion

Canadian planemaker Bombardier has submitted a draft contract for 10 brand-new CRJ-900 NextGen regional jets to Iran’s Qeshm Free Area Organization for review and finalization, Reza Baqerinejad, the CEO and Chairman of Qeshm Investment and Development Company told the Financial Tribune on Monday, noting that the final contract will be officially unveiled within a month.

Central Bank of Iran files $4.9 billion complaint against Deutsche Boerse subsidiary

Deutsche Boerse AG (DB1.XE) said Thursday that Iran’s Bank Markazi has filed a complaint against the German stock-exchange operator’s subsidiary Clearstream, seeking restitution of assets worth about $4.9 billion.

Mercedes-Benz company to launch car manufacturing in Iran – Reports

The Iranian car manufacturing company Iran Khodro and the German Daimler concern signed an agreement on the start of production of Mercedes-Benz cars in Iran from the Islamic new year (late March), the ISNA news agency reported on Friday.



Iran ranks first in space science in region 

The head of Iranian Space Agency said that Iran ranks top in space science in the region and holds the 11th world ranking.

10 Persian Leopards spotted in Fars Nat’l Park

A survey conducted to estimate the Persian leopard’s population has revealed that at least 10 were living in Bamou National Park in the southern Fars Province. The survey was carried out by the park’s management office, in collaboration with a private NGO named Pars Wildlife, from July 21 to Nov. 21 covering an area of 320 square kilometers by 21 camera traps, Mehr News Agency reported.

First Iranian orchestra conductor at Fajr Music Festival

The city of Tehran (Iranian capital) hosts more than 30 music bands from around the world in the 33rd ‘Fayr International Music Festival’ of Iran. In this event, the first and only director of the Iranian orchestra, National Orchestra Naghme Baran, has impressed the audience.

Record-breaking: Iranian woman radio commentator reports live for 10H

In a country where certain jobs, such as radio presenter and reporter, are dominated by men, one woman is sending ripples through the conservative society. Sputnik Iran spoke to Maedeh Alaghmand, a sports commentator who set a new record in Iran as she commented live on kabaddi matches for 10 hours.

Photo of Iranian man supplicating for rain goes viral

Water shortage in Iran has become so acute that people in some cities have held public prayer sessions for rain. Meanwhile, the photo of a man supplicating for rain has received more attention.