Iran’s coverage: All capacities of Armed Forces being used to help flood victims: Defense Minister

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All capacities of Armed Forces being used to help flood victims: Minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami highlighted the Armed Forces’ major role in relief and rescue operations in flood-hit areas across the country and said all of the capacities of the forces have been provided to the Crisis Management Organization.

Foreign Ministry introduces new spokesperson

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has introduced Seyyed Abbas Mousavi as its new spokesperson, replacing Bahram Ghasemi.

Iran weighs adopting punitive measures for countries backing US sanctions

A host of members of the Iranian Parliament have proposed a bill, according to which countries supporting US sanctions on Iran will face punitive measures, including a ban on oil trades.

Rouhani calls for strong presence of Iranian athletes at Tokyo 2020

I expect Iranian athletes to have a powerful presence at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a meeting with Iranian Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Masoud Soltanifar on Saturday.

Iran biggest exporter to Iraq: Min

Iran ranked first in export of goods and products to Iraq for the first time in the past Iranian year (ended on March 20) surpassing major rivals — Turkey and China, said Iran’s minister of industry, mines and business Reza Rahmani on Saturday.

France delivers 2nd rescue aid cargo to Iranian Red Crescent

France delivered its second shipment of humanitarian aids to Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) on Saturday in a bid to help boost relief operations to the country’s flood-affected victims.

 

Leader’s Top Aide: IRGC’s rising nationwide support means US hostile move backfired

Iranian Supreme Leader’s top Aide for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati deplored Washington’s designation of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps as a “terrorist organization”, but meantime said the hostile move has enhanced IRGC’s popularity rate more than ever.

 

UK govt. shocked by Royal Mail decision: Iran envoy

Britain’s Royal Mail has confirmed suspending mail delivery services to recipient addresses in Iran, citing Washington’s sanctions against the country.

EU determined to implement INSTEX: Dutch envoy

The EU is resolved to make its introduced SPV (a special purpose vehicle) also called INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) operational, the Netherlands’ Ambassador to Iran Jacques Werner announced on Saturday.

 

Pope Francis sends 100,000 euros for flood victims in Iran

In the wake of massive flooding in Iran, Pope Francis sent 100,000 euros (about $113,000) for emergency aid, according to an April 12 press release by Vatican.