Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 20-2-2019

Iran Daily

Iran’s oil exports rise in early 2019 despite sanctions

Iran’s exports of crude oil were higher than expected in January and are at least holding steady this month, according to tanker data and industry sources, as some customers have increased purchases due to waivers from US sanctions.

China, Iran hail ‘strategic partnership’ as FMs meet in Beijing

The Iranian foreign minister’s passionate defense of his country’s interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him “a famous person” in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

Maduro: Trump sounds almost Nazi-like

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected Donald Trump’s call for a new day in Venezuela and compared the tone of the American president’s speech in Miami to that of a Nazi.

Lavrov: US seeks to split Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the United States is attempting to split Syria and create a quasi-state on the Euphrates River’s east bank as the US is opposing the return of Syria’s northeast to the Syrian government.

IRGC: Bomber, two other terrorists in Iran attack identified as Pakistani nationals

A senior Iranian military commander said a suicide bomber and two other terrorists involved in a recent deadly attack that targeted members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have been identified as Pakistani nationals.

Nearly 23,000 Iranian prisoners freed under amnesty

The head of Iran’s State Prisons and Security and Corrective Measures Organization said that 22,700 Iranian prisoners have been released under recent clemency granted by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution’s victory.

Iran sympathizes with Zimbabwe over mine incident

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman offered condolences to Zimbabwe’s government over a deadly incident in a mine in the African country.

Iran:Saudi Arabia true ‘godfather’ of Takfiri terrorism

Iran calls Saudi Arabia “the true godfather of Takfiri terrorism” in the region and the world, firing back at former Saudi foreign minister’s remarks.

Tehran Times

Japan to continue oil imports from Iran: envoy

Japan’s new ambassador to Tehran has said his country will contin-ue importing oil from Iran, the portal of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) said in a report published on Tuesday.

22,700 inmates freed under Leader’s mass pardon

Head of Iran’s Prisons Organi-zation said on Tuesday that so far 22,700 prisoners have been released and the pris-on sentences of 13,400 others have been commuted under an amnesty granted by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Assad adviser rejects idea of granting Syrian Kurds autonomy

A senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday flatly rejected the idea of giving Syrian Kurds a measure of au-tonomy, saying such a move would open the door to the partition of the country.

Ambassador: Iran to close cases of Jordanian nationals

The Iranian Am-bassador to Jordan, Mojtaba Ferdosipour, has said that the issues related to three Jordanian nationals held in Iran will be closed in coming days.

U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fajr street performers entertain passersby in downtown Tehran

A troupe gives a street performance in the courtyard of Tehran’s City Theater Complex during the 37th Fajr International Theater Festival on February 18, 2019.

Soldier killer was a Pakistani national, general says

The IRGC ground force commander announced on Tuesday that the person who carried out suicide attack on IRGC forces last Wednesday in the border province of Sistan-Balouchestan was a Pakistani national.

Tehran: Saudi Arabia is godfather of terrorism

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia as the birthplace of extremist ideology and a source of organized international terrorism lacks competence to accuse other countries of supporting terrorism.

Foreign elements seek to poison Iran-Pakistan ties: diplomat

iffat Masood, the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran, has said that foreign elements seek to poison good relationship between Iran and Pakistan.

Warsaw summit meant to buttress U.S. against Iran: Moscow

The recent Warsaw summit on the Middle East was held in line with Washington’s anti-Iran position, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said.

Zarif lauds ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ with China

Foreign Minister Mohammad Ja-vad Zarif who traveled to China on Tuesday, accompanying a delegation that includes Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani and Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, said Tehran values “comprehensive strategic partner-ship” with Beijing.