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Iran Air has taken the delivery of an Airbus A321, which will be the first jetliner to be delivered to Iran from among 100 planes the French planemaker has agreed to supply after the lifting of economic sanctions last year. Continue reading
hinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Tehran late on Friday to discuss improvement of economic and political ties after the lifting of western sanctions. He has also visited Saudi Arabia and Egypt during his Middle East tour, which started on January 19. A high-ranking political and economic delegation accompanied the Chinese president during his one-day trip, which is the first visit by a Chinese president in 14 years. Continue reading
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it remains to be seen if Iran-US relations would ease in the wake of the implementation of the nuclear deal with major powers as early as next month. Zarif said Iran was disturbed by recent proposed changes to the US Visa Waiver Program that could require European travelers who had visited Iran to apply for a visa to travel to the United States and he had been discussing the matter with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Continue reading
The International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to close the agency's investigation into the possible military dimensions of Iran's past nuclear program, a highly-anticipated step to clear the way for the July 14 nuclear deal to take full effect. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed the IAEA decision and said the issue of PMD has been "consigned to history", a press release said. The Tuesday vote was the last in a series of steps under a roadmap agreement between Iran and the IAEA after Tehran provided enough data to the Vienna-based agency so it could submit a final report assessing Iran's past nuclear activities to its board of governors on December 2. Continue reading
Terror unleashed on Paris Friday night and early Saturday plunged not only France but entire Europe into turmoil and horror. After the shocking incidents turned Paris and other French cities into garrisons, several other countries followed suit in raising their respective security. Key centers in cities across Europe came under the tight control of the police, military and security forces. Continue reading
Following Iran's July 14 nuclear deal with the world powers in Vienna, foreign trade missions are still visiting the country one after another. This time round, however, it is Iranians' turn to fly overseas to test the waters. President Hassan Rouhani, accompanied by Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Agricultural Jihad Minister Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Industries, Mining and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh and the head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Mohsen Jalalpour, are scheduled to visit Italy and France on November 14-17, at the invitations of the two European countries. Continue reading
President Hassan Rouhani said Iran has the potential to act as a connecting point between Europe and the Middle East to pave the way for increased international trade due to its position as a major political and economic player in the region. "In view of its highly important geopolitical and geoeconomic position, the Islamic Republic of Iran could become a hub for facilitating expansion of economic relations between Belgium and the wider European Union and the whole [Middle East] region," Rouhani said in a meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported. "The timely use of the opportunity would benefit all countries," he added. Continue reading
President of European Parliament Martin Schulz described his meeting with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani as "good" and "fruitful." Addressing a joint press conference during his a one-day visit to Tehran on Saturday, Schulz said the nuclear deal struck between Iran and P5+1 (the US, the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany) on July 14 bodes well for trade relations between Iran and the European Union. The deal gives Iran relief from economic sanctions in exchange for curbs for specified durations on its nuclear program. Continue reading
Two Iranians are among 27 young researchers who won the prestigious 'Green Talents' award at the International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development. They include Mohammad Ardekani, researcher in South Africa, who is focusing on optimizing concentrated solar power plants, and Amirhossein Mousavi, a postdoctoral researcher at Austria's University of Graz, working on predictive decision models. Continue reading
A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday and a security officer at the scene said all on board appeared to have been killed. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said. Continue reading