Weekly report: Iranian, Russian, Turkish top diplomats discuss Syria peace process

April 29, The Iran Project – Holding 6th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in Tehran; Iranian Foreign Minister’s Special Assistant for Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari trip to Syria; Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in the United Nations General Assembly and holds meetings with senior officials; Iran SNSC Ali Shamkhani participate in Russia’s high security representatives meeting; Iran displays 2 reconnaissance drones in EURASIA 2018 Airshow in Turkey; Iranian, Russian, Turkish top diplomats discuss Syria peace process; Trial starts in Iran for suspects in 2017 Tehran attack and Iran President takes part in national festival hailing workers are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (April 23–April 29).

 

 

Politics

6th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium kicks off in Tehran

The 6th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) has kicked off in Tehran with participation of 35 high-ranking military delegations from across the world.

Iran minister: Neither Iran nor Saudis can dominate Mideast

Iran’s foreign minister said Monday that neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia can be the dominant power in the Middle East and what’s needed most is for countries in the Persian Gulf region to talk to each other — not about each other.

Iran FM leaves New York for Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left New York for Tehran at the end of his 6-day working trip and participation in the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace.

Iran’s Leader urges Muslims to stand up against imperialists, US

Meeting with the participants of the International Quran Competitions in Tehran, Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Khamenei urged Muslims to stand up against imperialism, US bullying, and the rest of world intimidators.

FM Zarif, EU’s Mogherini meet in Brussels

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister met with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on Wednesday in Brussels.

Iran, Russia, Pakistan agree to hold security conference

Condemning the destabilizing measures of US in the Middle East, the three security officials of Iran, Russia, and Pakistan reached an agreement to hold a joint security conference with other countries of the region.

Iran denounces Israeli, Saudi policies

Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations strongly rejected the allegations and policies by the Zionist regime of Israel and Saudi Arabia as the main source of threat to the peace and security in this region.

US state secretary: Washington might leave Iran nuclear deal in May

The United States is likely to walk away from the international deal on Iran’s nuclear program next month unless the flaws in the agreement are addressed, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a news conference in Brussels on Friday.

Iran-Turkey sign 5 MoUs on sale of aviation industry products

Iran and Turkey have signed 5 Memorandums of Understanding on the sale of various types of aviation products on the sidelines of 2018 Eurasia Airshow in Antalya, Turkey.

Iran, Russia, Turkey vow to boost efforts to help resolve Syria crisis

The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, and Turkey issued a joint statement in Moscow on Saturday, saying that they have agreed to increase joint efforts to help achieve “a lasting political settlement in Syria”.

Trial starts in Iran for suspects in 2017 Tehran attack

An Iranian media outlet is reporting that the trial of alleged members of the Islamic State group who took part in an attack in Tehran in 2017 has begun in the country’s Revolutionary Court.

Iran FM rules out military approach to Syria crisis

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says military approaches will fail to resolve the Syrian crisis, stressing that military intervention of certain countries has only prolonged the sufferings of people in the war-stricken state.

 

Regional Affairs

Kushner, Mnuchin to be sent to open US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds

While it is not yet clear if Ivanka Trump, the US president’s Jewish daughter, will attend the US embassy opening in Jerusalem al-Quds, a report says that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will lead a delegation to the inauguration along with Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner who is another top Jewish figure in the White House.

Palestinians file complaint to UN over Israel’s breach of anti-racism treaty

Palestinian diplomats in Geneva have filed a complaint with the United Nations against Israel for resorting to discriminatory measures and violating its obligations under a UN anti-racism treaty only to maintain a “colonial occupation.”

Chairman of Yemen’s Political Council killed in Saudi strike in Hudaydah

President of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Samad, has been killed last week in a Saudi Arabia’s airstrike in the western province of Hudaydah, the council says.

Yemenis hold funeral for assassinated Houthi official in Sana’a

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets of the capital, Sana’a, to hold a funeral procession for a senior official from the Houthi Ansarullah movement who was killed in a Saudi airstrike.

Russia FM: Era of solving world problems unilaterally over

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday lashed out at those trying to impede settlement of Syrian crisis, saying that the era of solving world issues unilaterally is over.

 

Economy

Iran says no need to extend OPEC, non-OPEC pact if crude oil prices rise – SHANA

Iran’s oil minister said there would be no need to extend a pact between OPEC and non-OPEC producers aimed at bolstering oil prices if the crude price continued to rise, the ministry’s official website SHANA reported on Monday.

Iran seals deals to buy 40 Sukhoi SuperJets

Iran says two of its leading airlines have purchased a collective of 40 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 planes from Russia thus ending speculations over a purchase scheme that had been in the offing for the past few years.

Huawei is under U.S. criminal investigation for illegal Iran sales: Here’s what’s next
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department is investigating whether Huawei violated U.S. export sanctions related to Iran.

Boeing defers Iran deliveries, eases output concerns

Boeing (BA.N) has found new homes for jets it hoped to deliver to Iran this year, further clouding the prospect of quick deliveries as U.S. President Donald Trump considers whether to withdraw from a pact to remove nuclear-related sanctions.

RIPI signs LNG deal with Fortune

The Research Center of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for China’s Fortune Company and a domestic investor for designing and construction of a 500,000-ton LNG plant.

 

Society

UNESCO highlights Iran’s capacities in sports for peace and development

UNESCO and the University of Tehran celebrated the 5th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to highlight the importance of investment in physical activities for the present and future of the country.

Iran nullifies license for Telegram servers deployment

Telecommunication Infrastructure Company announced that the lincese for deployment of Telegram servers in Iran has been nullified.

5% decline in Iranian airports traffic

Iran Airports Company registered 33,651 takeoffs and landings during the Iranian month ending March 20, 2018, which shows a 5% decline compared with last year’s corresponding period.

36th Faji International Film Festival announces winners

The 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival ended its work in Tehran on Thursday evening by announcing the winners in different sections.

UWW allows Iran to host wrestling World Cup 2018

The United World Wrestling has agreed to allow Iran to host the 2018 Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup later this year, according to Iran’s wrestling federation.