Weekly report: French FM confers with Iranian officials in Tehran

March 11, The Iran Project – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials and opening Louvre exhibition in Tehran; Supreme Leader Ayatollah seyyed Ali Khamenei visits riots martyrs families; IRGC showcases latest achievements; Iranian-Afghan military officials meet in Tehran; FM Zarif attends ‘Women, Sustainable Peace and Security’ conference; Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri travel to Iraq and meeting with senior officials; Armed men raid Iranian embassy in London and Iran FM Zarif meets new heads of UNIDO and UNODC offices are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (March 05–March 11).

 

Politics

IRGC Official: Iran’s missile program no issue for talks

Iranian Supreme Leader’s Deputy Representative at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Asoudi underlined that the country will never hold talks with the foreign states on its missile power.

Shamkhani to Le Drian: West complicit in S Arabia, UAE mess in Yemen

During a meeting on Monday in Tehran Iran’s SNSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani and French Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed regional and international developments as well as bilateral ties.

Zarif says Israeli occupation of Palestine will not last long

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Israeli occupation of Palestine will not last long.

IRGC showcases latest achievements

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps held an exhibition of its latest achievements in various fields of the military industry.

Israel confesses to terrorism, try to kill Iran’s scientists

Mossad had a plan to assassinate 15 Iranian scholars and spend two billion dollars to attack Iran, wrote a Zionist journalist in his latest book.

Iran 1st Vice-President officially welcomed in Baghdad

Iran’s First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri was officially welcomed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday.

Iran’s 1st VP, Iraqi President discuss issues of mutual interest

Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri met with Iraqi President Fuad Masum in Baghdad on Thursday when the two discussed issues of mutual interest.

Iran won’t talk to US, extra-regional states on its regional role: Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic will not hold talks with the US or other extra-regional countries about its regional presence.

The UN resident coordinator’s statement at national tree planting ceremony

Dr. Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Armed men raid Iranian embassy in London

Several Britain-based Shia extremists affiliated to Sadeq Shirazi sect attacked the Iranian embassy premises in London minutes ago, while menacing the staffers with cold weapons.

World powers petrified of Islamic Revolution’s influence: Leader

When the Islamic Revolution was created, the splendor of this revolution petrified the powerful global enemies of Iran, said the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Saturday.

Extremist Shia community behind attack on Iran embassy in London

Iranian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid Baeidinejad says the Shirazi cult, whose followers raided the Iranian embassy in London on Friday, is an extremist Shiite group that insults grand Sunni leaders.

Iran, ICRC discuss cooperation to alleviate humanitarian disasters

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a top aide to Iranian Foreign Minister in special political affairs, has held talks with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer.

 

Regional Affairs

Russian, Turkish, Iranian top diplomats to make joint statement during meeting in Astana

The Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers plan to make a joint statement during their meeting on Syria in Astana on March 16, Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Wednesday, speaking in the republic’s lower parliamentary chamber.

Iraq welcomes Iran’s contribution in post-ISIL era reconstruction

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hailed Iran’s support to Iraq to overcome terrorism and liberate Iraqi territories from ISIL terrorist group.

Turkish troops will enter Syria’s Afrin ‘at any moment’: President Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country’s troops will enter Syria’s northern city of Afrin “at any moment,” less than two months after Ankara launched a full-scale cross-border offensive into the Arab country in a declared bid to eliminate the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants.

Saudi Arabia, UK agree to finalize warplane deal despite protests

Saudi Arabia and Britain have decided to finalize a multi-billion-dollar deal for the sale of 48 Typhoon aircraft to Riyadh, despite massive protests against London’s arms supply to the Arab kingdom during its deadly war against Yemen.

Israeli, Saudi officials hold Egypt-mediated meetings in Cairo: Report

An official with the Palestinian Authority (PA) says top Israeli and Saudi officials held a series of secret Egypt-brokered meetings in Cairo, last week, as more signs emerge of warming relations between the two regimes.

 

Economy

Iran, Russia sign final document of joint economic commission

The final document of the 14th session of Iran-Russia Joint Economic Cooperation Commission was signed in Moscow Tuesday night by the Iranian minister of economy and financial affairs and Russian minister of economic development.

China’s railway giant signs deal to supply metro cars to Iran

China’s CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Rail Transport on Wednesday signed a contract with Iran’s IDRO Group to supply 450 metro cars for the Iranian cities of Ahvaz, Tabriz and Shiraz.

Questions abound as Iranians claim US Treasury licensing plane sales to Iran

Questions have emerged about whether the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued new licenses to Canadian plane manufacturer Bombardier Inc. to sell passenger aircraft to Iran. If true, it would be the first such approval since President Donald Trump took office and comes at a time when Tehran is trying to overcome financing challenges associated with aircraft deals signed in the aftermath of its nuclear accord with the six world powers.

Supreme Leader underlines ineffectiveness of sanctions against Iran

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei downplayed the western states’ threats of imposing new sanctions against Iran as ineffective.

Iran could soon join Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)

The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) could welcome Iran as a new member in May, according to Russia’s Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak.

 

Society

French FM: Cultural affinities bolster Tehran-Paris ties

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday that cultural exchanges will help deepen and broaden relations and cooperation between Tehran and Paris and such cooperation has increased dramatically in the contemporary century.

Rouhani opens 1200-hectare greenbelt plan around Tehran

The 1200-hectare greenbelt plan around capital city of Tehran was inaugurated in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani on Tue. to celebrate Natural Resources Week and Arbor Day.

Local games festival held in Iran’s Bushehr province

A festival of local games has been held in the city of Dalaki in Dashtestan County of Bushehr Province, southern Iran, on March 5.

Masjed-e Jame: The grand, congregational mosque of Isfahan city

It is the oldest preserved edifice of its type in Iran and a prototype for later mosque designs throughout Central Asia. The complex, covering more than 20,000 m2, is also the first Islamic building that adapted the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces to Islamic religious architecture.

FIFF36 to launch Cicinema, new digital encyclopedia on Iranian Cinema

A new digital encyclopedia on Iranian Cinema called ‘Cicinema’ will be launched concurrent with the start of the 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF36) in April.