Weekly report: Iranian, Russian, Turkish leaders gather in Tehran for summit on Syria

September 9, The Iran Project – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif visit to Syria and meeting with senior officials; Trump to host U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran; Stolen Achaemenid bas-relief returned to Iran; Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami trip to China; Putin, Erdogan in Tehran for crucial Syria summit; Tehran trilateral summit on Syria kicks off; Iran Leader Ayatollah Khamenei receives Putin, Erdogan in Tehran; chief of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani travel to Russia and Belarus; Iran, Russia, Turkey agree on economic measures amid US pressure; Iran Summons Iraq’s Envoy over Consulate Attack; President Rouhani marks Gov’t Week in a festival and Leader attends graduation ceremony of Army cadets are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( September 03– September 09).

 

Politics

Iran, Iraq to broaden defense cooperation

Deputy chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Brigadier General Qadir Nezamipour conferred on Sunday with Iraqi Defense Minister Irfan Mahmoud Al-Hayali on expansion of defense cooperation between the two neighbors.

Zarif, Assad say Western pressure will fail to stop Iran-Syria terror fight

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif say Western pressure on Tehran and Damascus will fail to deter them from fighting terrorism.

Iran Assembly of Experts holds meeting in Tehran

The fifth round of the Assembly of Experts started its fifth meeting on Tuesday to review major domestic and international issues including the current economic problems of the country.

UK: Useful talks held with Iran on JCPOA, British-Iranian prisoner

A senior British diplomat says he held “useful conversations” with Iranian officials in Tehran on the 2015 nuclear deal and the fate of British-Iranian dual citizen Nazanin Zaghari, who is imprisoned in Iran.

Trump to host U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran

President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council debate about Iran during the world body’s annual gathering of international leaders later this month, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

Stolen Achaemenid bas-relief returned to Iran

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said a bas-relief of Achaemenid era, stolen from Iran at a point around 90 years ago, was finally found in New York and after the court ordered the piece to be returned to Iran, it was sent back to its homeland on Tuesday.

Iran sanctions unacceptable, bound to fail: Iraqi interior minister

Iraq says the policy of imposing sanctions on Iran and other countries has proven futile as resistance will always prevail.

Leader receives members of Assembly of Experts

Members of the Assembly of Experts met and held talks with Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei on Thursday.

Zarif blasts Trump for seeking to hijack UNSC session to hit out at Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blasted US President Donald Trump for attempting to hijack an upcoming United Nations Security Council meeting during the annual gathering of world leaders to turn it to an anti-Iran event.

Iran defense minister arrives in Beijing

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami arrived in the Chinese capital Beijing on Thursday at the head of a high-ranking delegation on the invitation of his Chinese counterpart.

Iran, Russia hold joint parliamentary commission meeting

The Russian Duma and Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) held their joint cooperation commission meeting in the southwest Russian city of Volgograd on Thursday.

Putin, Erdogan in Tehran for crucial Syria summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have arrived in Tehran for a key summit to discuss key issues of interest, mainly a planned Syrian operation to retake Idlib.

Tehran trilateral summit on Syria kicks off

Tehran’s trilateral summit on Syria kicked off on Friday evening with the presence of Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran, Russia can cooperate to contain US threat to humanity

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei received the visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage in Tehran on Friday and underlined the necessity for closer Tehran-Moscow cooperation in regional and international issues.

President Rouhani marks Gov’t Week in a festival

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attended Saturday the 14th Shahid Rajaei Festival in commemoration of Government Week.

U.S. sends Iran messages ‘every day’ to begin negotiations: Iran president

The United States constantly sends messages to Iran to begin negotiations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech broadcast on state television.

Several anti-Iran Kurdish militants killed by rockets ‘Fired from Iran’: Report

Several rockets, said to have been fired from the Iranian territory, hit the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) on Saturday, killing at least 14 and wounding dozens of others from the anti-Iran terrorist groups, Kurdish media reported.

Leader attends graduation ceremony of Army cadets

The Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei attended on Sunday the graduation ceremony of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army cadets at Imam Khomeini Naval Academy in Noshahr.

 

Regional Affairs

US call for Iran, Hezbollah withdrawal from Syria meaningless: Sheikh Qassem

Hezbollah says the US, whose pro-terror policies have faced defeat in Syria, is in no position to call for the withdrawal of Iranian advisors and allied Lebanese resistance fighters, who have emerged as “victors” of the war against terrorists in the Arab state.

Senior officials from Russia, Turkey and Iran to gather in Geneva in new peace efforts for Syria

In a new UN-led effort to move forward the political process to end the Syrian conflict, senior officials from Russia, Turkey and Iran will gather in Geneva next week for constitution-related discussions.

US, Israel failed to advance plots for Mideast: Hezbollah leader

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the US and Israel have failed in all the plots they hatched to advance their own agenda for the Middle East region.

Putin: Most important now is to kick terrorists out of Syria’s Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani have held a trilateral summit, discussing the situation in the Syrian Idlib province as well as the trilateral ties.

Katyusha rockets fired at Basra airport in Iraq: Official

Unknown assailants fired three Katyusha rockets at Iraq’s Basra airport Saturday, an airport official said, after a chaotic and violent night that saw hundreds of protesters burning tires on main streets and highways.

 

Economy

Iran moving main oil export terminal out of Persian Gulf

Iran is to move its main oil export terminal from the Persian Gulf to the Oman Sea, President Hassan Rouhani announced on Tuesday, sparing its tankers from using the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Iran drops request to transfer money from Germany: Report

German media outlets say Iran has retracted its request to have 300 million euros in cash at a Hamburg-based bank repatriated.

U.S., India in ‘very detailed’ talks about halting Iran oil imports: State Department official

The United States and India are engaged in “very detailed conversations” over Washington’s request to completely stop India’s oil imports from Iran, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Thursday.

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree on economic measures amid US pressure

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran says Tehran, Moscow and Ankara have agreed on a number of economic measures like removing the US dollar from their mutual transactions as part of efforts to expand their trade relations amid Washington’s pressure.

Total South Pars investment to stay in Iran: Zanganeh

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh said Total was not expected to pay a fine to Iran, but the amount that the company had already spent in South Pars Phase 11 project would not be repaid until the project becomes operational.

 

Society

300-year-old map in Dubai contains ‘Persian Gulf’ name

The deputy police chief of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has published picture of a 300-year old map which includes the name ‘Persian Gulf’ proving again Iran’s historical sovereignty over it.

Asghar Farhadi invited to TIFF as a guest

The two-time Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi and the cast of his Cannes opener film, ‘Everybody Knows’, were invited to the 43rd Toronto Int’l Film Festival as guests.

31st Iran’s Children Filmfest. names winners

As the 31st edition of Iran’s International Film Festival for Children and Youth wrapped up on Sep. 5 in Isfahan, winners were awarded in various categories during a ceremony held last night in the historical city.

Ghasemi pockets Iran’s second gold at Dmitry Korkin Tournament

Iranian heavyweight freestyle wrestler Komeil Ghasemi gained the gold medal of Dmitry Korkin International Tournament in Russia.

Iran wins UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy

The Literacy Movement Organization of Iran is awarded the 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for its program ‘Consolidated teaching of literacy and ICDL basic computer skills’.