Weekly report: Leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey meet on Syria’s future

April 8, The Iran Project – President Rouhani meets ministers, governor generals and managers of executive organs; Leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey meet on Syria’s future; Iranian Defense Minister attends Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) and holding several meetings with senior officials; Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visit to Turkey, Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan and participate in NAM meeting; Iranian databases target of attacks caused by Cisco switch flaw and Zarif meets Venezuelan counterpart in Tehran are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (April 02–April 08).

 

Politics

Pres. Rouhani: Domestic apps should aim to break monopoly not restrict cyberspace

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Tue. that developing domestic messaging apps should aim at breaking foreign monopoly on cyberspace not at restricting public’s access.

FM Zarif reaffirms Iran’s support for Palestinian people

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has once again voiced Iran’s support for the resistance of the Palestinian people.

Trio talks on Syria kicks off in Ankara

Trilateral talks between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Veladimir Putin kicked off on Wednesday afternoon in Ankara on Syrian developments.

Turkey, Iran and Russia say to speed up efforts for ‘calm’ in Syria

The leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia said on Wednesday they were determined to speed up efforts to ensure “calm on the ground” in Syria, and to protect civilians in “de-escalation areas”, according to a joint statement.

Resistance sole way to heal Palestinian wounds, says Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says resistance is the sole way to save the oppressed Palestinian nation.

Iran underlines boosting military cooperation with Russia

Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Wednesday underlined the need for promoting Iran-Russia relations in different fields, hoping that bilateral ties will further improve in defense sector.

Ministerial NAM meeting opens in Baku with focus on global peace

The Azeri capital, Baku, is hosting a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which is focused on challenges to global peace and security.

Iran urges NAM members to condemn Israel’s atrocities

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to pursue the establishment of an international inquiry to bring Israeli criminals to justice in the wake of their recent slaughter of Palestinians.

Iran welcomes enhanced ties with Nakhchivan

Iranian foreign minister on Friday expressed satisfaction with the level of relations with Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and called for elevation of all-out ties with the region.

Iranian databases target of attacks caused by Cisco switch flaw

A flaw in Cisco switches has allowed hackers to target critical infrastructure in many countries with cyber attacks including Iran.

Zarif, Venezuelan counterpart discuss bilateral issues in Tehran

Visiting Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed matters of bilateral interests during a meeting on Saturday in Tehran.

Cmdr. Rashid: Iran follows defense-deterrence with active presence on waters

Commander of Khatam-al Anbiya Central Headquarters said Sat. that Iran follows the policy of “defense-deterrence” through an “inclusive and active” presence in Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.

 

Regional Affairs

Turkey will cooperate with Iran, Russia for Syrian security, stability: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that his county will work together with Iran and Russia to help promote security and stability in Syria.

NAM urges collective efforts to end Israel’s occupation of Palestine

The Non-Aligned Movement has condemned the illegal policies of Israel, calling for collective efforts to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Yemeni ballistic missile hits Saudi military base in Najran: Report

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

US blocks UN statement demanding probe into Gaza bloodshed

For the second consecutive week, the US has blocked a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) statement calling for an investigation into Israel’s recent killing of the Gazans and supporting the Palestinians’ right to demonstrate peacefully.

Top Bahraini dissident’s health in danger due to medical negligence: Activist

A Bahraini human rights activist has expressed concern over the deteriorating health condition of prominent opposition figure and pro-democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab, saying he has been denied proper medical treatment.

 

Economy

Austrian envoy dismisses reports on Oberbank’s ceasing cooperation with Iran

Austria’s Ambassador to Iran Stefan Scholz categorically dismissed some media reports that his country’s Oberbank has frozen business with the Islamic Republic, and stressed that Vienna is seeking more cooperation with Tehran.

Saudi Arabia and Iran’s ‘intensifying’ feud could soon end OPEC-led supply cuts, strategist says

Elevated geopolitical tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran could soon threaten the unity of an OPEC-led pact to keep oil prices in check, according to one commodity strategist.

Iran’s Tabriz, Nakhchivan must boost ties as tourism, cultural capitals of Muslim world

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for expansion of mutual cooperation between the Iranian city of Tabriz and the neighbouring Nakhchivan in a year when the two cities are expected to host larger number of tourists.

Russia mulls payments for oil in national currencies with Turkey and Iran

Russia is considering an option of payments for oil in national currencies, in particular with Turkey and Iran, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters.

Russia’s Rosneft interested in oil, gas in Iran’s Zagros province: document

Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft is interested in oil and gas projects in Iran’s Zagros province, after signing a deal last year to do business in the country, an official document showed on Friday.

 

Society

Iranian actress awarded Greece film award

Iranian female artist Mehraveh Sharifinia received best actress award at Greece Bridges Peloponnesian International Film Festival.

Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ to open Cannes 2018

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language drama ‘Everybody Knows’ on May 8.

Majidi’s ‘Beyond the Clouds’ to open FIFF 2018

Majid Majidi’s ‘Beyond the Clouds’ is set to be the curtain raiser at the 36th Fajr International Film Festival on April 19.

Iran’s National Information Network intact in cyberattack: Minister

An Iranian minister said the country’s National Information Network and local mobile network operators remained intact during a Friday night cyberattack on organizations across the world that also affected a number of Internet service providers in Iran.

Inspired by Plasco tragedy, scientists build firefighter robot

A group of Iranian scientists have invented a robot that can extinguish fires of up to 1000 Celsius degrees while it is engulfed in flames.

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