Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 15-03-2018

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Iran, Azerbaijan agree on oil, gas swap deal
Iran and Azerbaijan reached an agreement on oil and gas swap on the last day of the latest round of economic talks between the two countries.

EU to Trump: ‘Make trade, not war’
European Union leader Donald Tusk urged US President Donald Trump on Wednesday not to undermine the sides’ longstanding trans-Atlantic ties by seeking economic gains through punishing trade tariffs.

Russia: US seeks to partition Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of seeking to partition Syria, saying the US aims to maintain a foothold in the war-torn country for a long time, “if not forever,” using chemical weapons provocations to achieve this objective

Envoy: Iran, Pakistan should forge closer ties given their common interests, concerns
Numerous commonalities between Iran and Pakistan in terms of common concerns and interests increases the importance of forging a closer, stronger and friendlier relationship between the two countries, said the Iranian ambassador to Islamabad.

Merkel narrowly elected to fourth term as German chancellor
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, bruised by half a year of post-election coalition haggling, was Wednesday narrowly confirmed by parliament to her fourth and likely final term at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy.

Zarif to begin regional tour
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will start today a tour of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan for high-profile gatherings.

Agriculture minister survives impeachment vote
Iranian Minister of Agriculture Jihad Mahmoud Hojjati on Wednesday survived a vote of no-confidence in the Parliament.

Tehran mayor resigns due to ‘health issue’
Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Tehran City Council, confirmed receiving the resignation of Tehran’s reformist mayor, Mohammad Ali Najafi, amid conflicting reports over the reason behind his decision.

Tehran downplays impact of Tillerson’s replacement on US ties
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the replacement of US Secretary of State is a continuation of shakeups in Donald Trump’s government, playing down its impact on Washington’s Iran policy and the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal.

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Tehran mayor resigns
Councilor Majid Farahani on Wednesday confirmed the news about the resignation of Tehran mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi, saying the Tehran city council will discuss the issue in its first session in the next Iranian calendar year, which begins on March 21.

Iran warns U.S. about intervention in Syria
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday slammed the United States for its hostile policies towards the Middle East, saying Washington is not entitled to intervene in Syria.

May expels 23 Russian diplomats in response to spy poisoning
Britain is to expel 23 Russian diplomats, consider new laws to combat spying and look at sanctions as part of a sweeping response to the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Theresa
May has told parliament.

Europe, Iran baffled by U.S. position on nuclear deal
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “the worst deal ever” for the U.S.

We have intensified our relations with Iran: ICRC president
“Over years we have intensified our relations and cooperation with Iran,” says Peter Maurer, president of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Tehran Times Noruz special issue to hit newsstands on Saturday
Tehran Times special issue on Noruz, the Persian New Year, will hit newsstands on Saturday, March 17.

Who is Mike Pompeo and how will he address Iran?
U.S. President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday with a Tweet, as Tillerson was returning to Washington from a week-long trip in Africa assuming
that he was still holding the position.

Majlis votes to keep agriculture minister in his job
Iranian Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati won a vote of confidence in an impeachment session in the parliament on Wednesday.

U.S. general: It’s in our interests to stay in nuclear deal
U.S. Army General Joseph Votel signaled on Tuesday support for the 2015 nuclear deal,
saying “right now, I think it is in our interest” to stay in the deal.

Britain changes ambassador to Tehran
Britain has appointed Rob Macaire as its new ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran, replacing Nicholas Hopton in April 2018, the British government announced on Wednesday.

Britain has apologized for embassy attack, Iran says
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that the British
government has officially apologized for the attack on the Iranian embassy in London.

Tehran, Baku can link Asia to Europe, Rouhani says
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Tehran and Baku can link Asia and Africa to northern parts of Europe.