Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 22-12-2018

Iran Daily


Erdogan: Turkey will stand by Iran against ‘unjust decisions’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that Ankara will continue its close cooperation with Tehran in the face of “unjust decisions” against Iran.

US defense chief quits after Trump decision of Syria, Afghanistan pullout
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after President Donald Trump ordered a complete troop pullout from Syria and a significant withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Iraq gets 90-day Iran sanctions waiver from US
The US has granted Iraq a 90-day extension to an exemption from reimposed sanctions on Iran to keep on importing energy, a government source said Thursday.

Putin accuses Washington of raising risk of nuclear war
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States of raising the risk of nuclear war by threatening to spurn a key arms control treaty and refusing to hold talks about another pact that expires soon.

Clashes erupt as Spanish cabinet holds meeting in Catalonia
Thousands of pro-independence protesters angry about Spain’s cabinet holding a meeting in Catalonia blocked roads across the region Friday and clashed with anti-riot police in its capital.

Russia reiterates support for Iran nuclear deal
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov reiterated on Friday that Moscow supports the Iran nuclear deal and called for the full implementation of the accord to let Iran benefit.

Iran slams Albania’s expulsion of diplomats
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned Albania’s “unjustifiable” move to expel two Iranian diplomats as a foreign scenario made under pressure from the US and the Israeli regime.

Iran calls for end to foreigners’ illegal presence in Syria
Iran said that the foreign countries with illegal military presence in Syria must immediately leave the war-ravaged country, and called on the UN to exercise its jurisdiction over the issue.


Tehran Times


Iran-India PTA to be finalized soon: envoy
According to the agreements made between Iranian and Indian high ranking officials, the two sides are to sign a preferential trade agreement (PTA) in near future, India’s ambassador to Tehran announced.

All uninvited forces should leave Syria, Iran says

Es’haq Al-e- Habib, the Iranian deputy ambassador to the UN, said on Friday that all foreign forces whose presence is not permitted by the Syrian government should leave the country.

U.S. to withdraw 7,000 troops from Afghanistan
The Trump administration has ordered the military to start withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming months, two defense officials said Thursday, an abrupt shift in the 17-year-old war there and a decision that stunned Afghan officials, who said they had not been briefed on the plans.

UN hopes Hodeidah ceasefire would lead to end of Yemen’s war
Hanan Elbadawi, Chief of Public Information at the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, expresses hope that Hodeidah ceasefire would represent a huge breakthrough on the way of resolving the conflict in Yemen, and would lead to the end of war in the impoverished country.

Heavy snowfall in northwest cities of Iran
Heavy snowfall in the last days of autumn in the western and northwestern provinces of Iran has whitened
everywhere. Although some roads are blocked, people are happy with snow.

Diplomat calls Iran, Russia reliable partners
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that Iran and Russia are “reliable partners”.

Iran, Turkey express dismay over regional impacts of sanctions
Iran and Turkey issued a joint statement on Thursday criticizing the U.S. move in leaving the 2015 nuclear deal and ordering sanctions on Iran.

Tehran: Albania falls prey to U.S.-Israeli plot against Iran
The Iranian Intelligence Ministry has rejected claims by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Tel Aviv’s agents routinely visit Iran for spying on Tehran’s nuclear program, saying such “delusional remarks” are only intended to ease the pressure on him over revelations that Iran successfully has infiltrated into Israel’s spy services.