Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 3-3-2019

Iran Daily

Pakistan welcomes Iran’s offer to help settle Islamabad-New Delhi differences

Pakistan military spokesman welcomed Iran’s offer to play a mediatory role and help resolve the differences between India and Pakistan amid escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Iran slams Britain for banning Hezbollah

Iran on Saturday condemned Britain for its decision to list Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, saying it ignored both the will of a large portion of the Lebanese people and the group’s role in fighting the Daesh terror group.

Official: Government trying to ease sanctions hardship

The head of Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, said on Saturday that the government is doing its utmost to overcome the hardships created by the US reimposition of sanctions on the country.

EU says ready to give UK more guarantees on Brexit

The European Union is prepared to give Britain further Brexit guarantees to help a divorce deal through the British Parliament, the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in an interview published Saturday.

Chlorine used in attack on Syria’s Douma: Chemical agency

The global chemical weapons watchdog said it found “reasonable grounds” that chlorine was used as a weapon in a deadly attack on the Syrian town of Douma last year.

Iran merges banks to boost efficiency

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced on Saturday that four banks and a credit institution will be merged into the country’s oldest bank as part of a plan to boost efficiency and “reform the banking system and the financial market.

Rezaei: Europe behavior will affect EC decision on FATF-related bills

The secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, said that the behavior of European countries will affect the body’s final decision on ratifying FATF-related bills.

Iran: UAE’s anti-Iran claims aimed at covering up its damage to Islamic world

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said the United Arab Emirates’ “false” allegations against Iran are aimed at covering up damage its policies have inflicted on the Islamic world.

Iranian FM holds talks with UN chief, Iraqi counterpart

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a phone conversation on Saturday exchanged views about top regional and international developments.

Iran rejects UN special rapporteur’s ‘baseless’ allegations

The Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights rejected recent allegations leveled against the country by the United Nation’s special rapporteur as “baseless,” saying the person is misusing his position to make propaganda against the Islamic Republic.

Tehran Times

Iraqi, Iranian chief diplomats hold talks

The foreign ministers of Iran and Iraq had a phone conversation on Saturday, during which they discussed issues of mutual interest as well as the latest regional and international devel-opments.

A day of pilgrimage to Shah-e Cheragh

– Shah-e Cheragh (“King of Light”) is a major mausoleum and pil-grimage site in the touristic city of Shiraz, southern Iran.

Intl. rights groups denounce Riyadh’s decision to try jailed women activists

International human rights groups have censured the House of Saud regime over its decision to put on trial women’s rightsac-tivists detained in last year’s crackdown, after holding them for nearly a year with-out charge.

The effects of U.S. oil sanctions on Venezuela

Progressively, the sanctions against the Venezuelan government produce an expan-sive wave that affects the interests of the United States and its foreign policy. despite the reassuring projections that the Energy Information Admin-istration (EIA) of that country has communicated to reduce concerns about the global impact of the freezing of Venezuelan assets on US soil by the Treasury Department.

In Doha talks, Taliban call for withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan

Hectic negotiations are underway between a delegation of the Afghan Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha to hammer out a solution to the protracted Afghan war.

Funeral held for comedy writer Kashayar Alvand

Mourners attend Salat al-Janazah, the Islamic funeral prayer, held for screen-writer Kashayar Alvand in the courtyard of the Iranian House of Cinema in Tehran on March 2, 2019.

Decision on Palermo postponed to next calendar year

A member of the Expediency Coun-cil said on Saturday that the fate of the bill on UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, also known as Palermo Convention, was not decided during the council’s meeting which was held earlier in the day.

Tehran calls Britain’s move against Hezbollah ‘irresponsible’

Iran on Sunday strongly con-demned Britain for listing Lebanon’sHez-bollah resistance movement as a terrorist organization, calling London’s move “wrong and irresponsible”.

Iran once again dismisses UAE’s islands sovereignty claim

Iran has once more rejected claims by the United Arab Emirates over the sovereignty of three of its islands in the Persian Gulf.

Negative elements fail to harm Tehran-Islamabad ties: Pakistan FM

Pakistan’s Foreign Min-ister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has said despite efforts by some negative elements relations be-tween Iran and Pakistan are growing stronger.

Zarif to Trump: Flip-flops don’t make for serious diplomacy

Follow-ing the collapse of nuclear talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad said on Friday that Trump “should have now realized that photo oppor-tunities and flip-flops don’t make for serious diplomacy.”