Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on Wednesday at the official invitation of the authorities of the two central Asian countries.
According to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, Zarif will meet with high-ranking Tajik officials in Dushanbe.
While in Uzbekistan, he added, FM Zarif will hold talks with the country’s officials and attend the International Conference on Security and Sustainable Development in Central Asia.
The conference will be attended by international and regional officials and figures, Qassemi noted.
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
By John Lee.
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- Assistant Wheat Breeder/Assistant Agronomist, CIMMYT – International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
- Hub Manager, CIMMYT – International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
- Wheat Breeder, CIMMYT – International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
- Regional Platforms Manager, CIMMYT – International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
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TEHRAN- Iran’s exports of foodstuffs during the first half of the present Iranian calendar year (March 21- September 22, 2017) increased 12 percent in comparison with the same period in the year preceding, IRNA quoted the board chairman of Food Producers Cooperative as saying on Tuesday.
According to Mehdi Karimi Tafreshi, Iran’s exports of foodstuff to Central Asia, Russia, Qatar, and Iraq increased 19 percent for dairy products, 14 percent for dried fruits, 10 percent for confectionaries and canned products, 9 percent for flavor enhancers and similar products, 7 percent for vegetable oils, and 5 percent for other foodstuff.
“Iran exports about $2.5 billion of foodstuff each year and the figure can be doubled in future,” he added.
TEHRAN- Iran boosted its crude oil prices for Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean, and Sidi Kerir in December, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) raised the price for Iranian light crude to Northwest Europe by 90 cents from the previous month to $1.75 a barrel below Brent Wave, the source said, Reuters reported.
NIOC has yet to release December prices for Asia.
Iran has been regaining market share at a faster pace than analysts had projected since sanctions were lifted.
The OPEC producer aims to raise its output capacity to 4.7 million bpd by 2021, Amir-Hossein Zamaninia, Iran's deputy oil minister for trade and international affairs, said last month.
TEHRAN – Iranian heavy crude oil price hit the record high $60.15 per barrel on Tuesday following the recent price surge in the oil market, IRNA reported.
The price rose by $2.45 per barrel or 4.2 percent to push Iranian crude price once again into the $60 range after two years.
According to Reuters, oil prices surged to their highest levels since the summer of 2015 in last few days as a major political shakeup in Saudi Arabia underpinned a rally fueled by geopolitical risk.
TEHRAN – An Iranian trade delegation is due to visit Belgium on November 29 and 30 to present Iranian investment projects for Belgian counterparts, IRIB reported on Tuesday quoting chairman of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) as saying.
Masoud Khansari said the delegation will introduce 15 investment projects in Iran’s energy and mining sectors to the European investors.
Khansari made the remarks in a meeting with René Branders, the president of Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce, in Tehran.
The official further stressed the role of chambers of commerce in improving mutual trade relations between the two countries and in attracting foreign investment.
He also mentioned some of the hurdles that investors are facing for trade, saying, “Solving banking problems and easing visa issuance could facilitate the trade for businessmen and investors.”
Branders for his part welcomed the exchange of trade delegations saying that Belgian chambers of commerce are ready to receive Iranian business partners.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Belgian official stressed the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and called for expansion of trade relations with an especial focus on SMEs.
TEHRAN- European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan will enter Tehran on Friday on the head of a high-ranking delegation.
The delegation comprises 70 members including some officials from Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission as well as representatives of some renowned companies from different European countries, the portal of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) quoted Kaveh Zargaran, the chairman of TCCIMA’s Committee for Agriculture, Water and Food Industries, as saying.
The delegates are scheduled to discuss possible spheres of cooperation in joint investment, exports and imports, transfer of technology, and training courses with the Iranian sides in an Economic Forum to be hosted by TCCIMA’s Committee for Agriculture, Water and Food Industries on Saturday, November 11, Zargaran announced.
He said visiting a number of food production, animal husbandry and greenhouse units as well as some chain stores on Sunday has been planned for the delegates in order to make them acquainted with Iran’s capabilities in these fields.
Underlining the tendency of European Commission’s member states to broaden ties with Iran in agriculture and food sectors, the TCCIMA chairman noted that such willingness is a result of Iran’s nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
TEHRAN- India plans to send seven shipments of wheat to Afghanistan through Iran’s southeastern Chabahar Port by the end of January, Reuters reported.
India launched a trade route to Afghanistan via Iran through shipping its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan on October 29, bypassing longtime rival Pakistan.
New Delhi is in talks with Tehran to begin interim operations at the port.
India has committed $500 million to Chabahar Port development as a way to bypass rival Pakistan and crack open a trade and transport route to landlocked Afghanistan, as well as the resource-rich countries of central Asia.
India is expanding its economic diplomacy in Afghanistan, seeing itself as a regional power.
The shipments are meant to demonstrate the route’s viability, officials said, and the plan is to broaden the cargo flow before the port is fully operational by the end of next year.
“Things are moving quite well and as planned,” Saurabh Kumar, Indian ambassador to Iran, said in an email.
India has framed its involvement in Chabahar’s development as primarily about establishing a gateway to Afghanistan, more than Iran itself, Indian officials and a Western diplomatic source said.
TEHRAN - Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) and Russia’s energy giant Gazprom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation in energy projects.
According to IDRO portal, the MOU was signed by IDRO’s Chairman Mansour Moazami, and Vitaly Markelov, Gazprom’s deputy chairman of the management committee, in Tehran on Sunday.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Moazami mentioned IDRO’s long history in energy and industry areas especially in executing South Pars energy projects and called the MOU “an opportunity” for expansion of mutual cooperation in oil, gas and energy sectors.
“We are ready for cooperation in all areas,” he said.
According to the official, implementing the MOU could result in many positive outcomes for the involved parties and for the region.
Markelov for his part stressed his company’s rich background in energy sector, saying that Gazprom is currently contributing to energy projects in 26 different countries worldwide.
He further expressed satisfaction with the MOU and called for expansion of cooperation with Iran in the country’s energy projects.
PHOTO: IDRO’s Chairman Mansour Moazami (R) and Gazprom’s Deputy Chairman Vitaly Markelov exchanging MOU documents
TEHRAN- Iranian Deputy Industry Minister Reza Rahmani said the Industry Ministry plans to set up 6,000 new industrial units creating 50,000 jobs in the country by the end of current Iranian calendar year (march 20, 2018), IRNA reported.
Mentioning production flourishing one of the main policies of Resistance Economy, the official announced that some 50 national plans have been specified in the ministry that implementing them will create over 13,000 new job opportunities.
TEHRAN- Iran Transportation and Logistics Forum was held at IRIB International Conference Center in Tehran on November 5 and 6, IRNA reported.
Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi, Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) Chairman Masoud Khansari, and European Logistics Association President Paolo Bisogni were among speakers in the inaugural ceremony of the event.
Addressing the forum, Akhoundi said putting emphasis on competitive advantage is one of the main policies of his ministry.
TEHRAN- Iran and Switzerland are opening new avenues for developing easier banking transactions, Iranian Deputy Finance Minister Mohammad Khazaei told reporters after his Sunday meeting with Switzerland’s Vaud Economics Minister Philippe Leuba in Tehran, Shada news agency reported.
Khazaei, who is also the managing director of Organization for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran (OIETAI), explained that during this meeting the two sides discussed new easier banking solutions for financing Iranian projects as well.
“We also discussed funding investment projects and their insurance coverage by European companies in Iran,” he added.
As he continued, the two ministers also conferred on expansion of cooperation particularly in areas of biotechnology, information technology (IT), agriculture technologies and transportation. Khazaei expressed hope that cooperation in some of the named areas will be materialized within a month.
For his part, Leuba, told reports that “during our visit to Iran, we held some fruitful meetings with Iranian companies in order to expand economic cooperation and believe that the ground is set for boosting bilateral economic and industrial ties with Iran.”
PHOTO: Switzerland’s Vaud Economics Minister Philippe Leuba (L) and Iranian Deputy Finance Minister Mohammad Khazaei
Tehran (ISNA) – Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari held talks with a number of European navy commanders at Venice Regional Seapower Symposium (RSS) for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries.
Top-ranking navy officials from Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Croatia, Algeria, Argentina, Russia and Italy all held short talks with Sayyari and voiced resolve to bolster bilateral relations with the Iranian Navy in various naval arenas.
All parties stressed the need to share views and experiences in a bid to develop collaboration and implement reached Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs).
The South African side voiced satisfaction towards successful holding of a primary workshop for the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in Johannesburg, voiced his country’s readiness to make an active presence in the sixth edition of the Symposium to be held soon in Tehran.
Navy commander of Argentina, for his part, noted that, despite the long distance between the two countries, numerous venues existed for cooperation between Tehran and Buenos Aires.
Sayyari, for his part, welcomed all proposed initiatives for expansion of relations between Iran’s Navy and naval forces of other countries.
The 4-day symposium, scheduled for October 17-19, is hosting naval commanders from 50 countries to discuss countering illegal activities, technical innovation, and enhancing cooperation in the maritime security sector.
The purpose of the Regional Seapower Symposium for the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries is to create a forum where the leaders of the regional Navies can meet and discuss about their common challenges and strengthen mutual cooperation.
Tehran (ISNA) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that Iran will cut the nuclear deal with six world powers into shreds if the other party chooses to tear it up.
Speaking at a Wednesday meeting with a group of Iranian academic elites in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei welcomed the European governments’ condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s recent decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“But this is not enough for them (EU) to say that he (Trump) should not tear up the JCPOA. The JCPOA serves their interests. As long as the other party has not torn up the JCPOA, we will not tear it up,” said the Leader, warning that Iran will cut the deal into shreds if the other side tears it up.
He said Europeans need to take practical measures in the face of Washington’s threats to the deal, and refuse to join voices with the US in its opposition to Iran's regional role and defense program.
Europe, the Leader said, should “avoid meddling with our defense issues.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also dismissed Western criticisms of Iran’s conventional missile program, noting, “Why do you, yourself, have missiles? Why do you have atomic bombs?”
The Leader went on to say that Iran has managed to stand against “the US hegemony” and make progress under pressure and sanctions, adding that Washington’s anger stems from the Islamic Republic’s strong role in the fight against the Takfiri Daesh terror group.
“The US is the agent of the international Zionism; the US is the creator of Daesh and the Takfiri current; Do you expect the US not to be angry with the very force which is standing against Daesh? They are furious because the Islamic Republic has managed to thwart their plots” in regional states, including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out.
The Leader further denounced Trump’s latest insults against the Iranian nation, saying it would be "a waste of time to respond to such blatherings and nonsensical remarks by the foulmouthed US president."
Tehran (ISNA) - The Chief of General Staff for Iranian Armed Forces General Mohammad Bagheri arrived in Damascus on Wednesday.
General Bagheri traveled to Damascus upon an invitation from Syrian defense minister and Chief of General Staff.
During the visit, General Bagheri will hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, defense minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij, and his counterpart Ali Abdullah Ayyoub.
Among the objectives of General Bagheri’s trip to Damascus will be to enhance defense and military cooperation between Iran and Syria, consult and exchanges views, continue counterterrorism cooperation and assess strategies to ensure security and stability in the region.
Tehran (ISNA) - French oil and gas major Total will try to push ahead with its Iran gas project if the United States decides to impose unilateral sanctions on Teheran after President Donald Trump said he will not certify the 2015 nuclear deal.
Total Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily the company would examine the consequences of Trump's decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply.
"If Iran is compliant, if the European Union and China and Russia continue to consider that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action known as JCPOA can be applied, then that means the U.S. would have to take unilateral sanctions...," Pouyanne said in the interview published on Tuesday.
"But we will try on our side to obtain the comfort that we can continue the project, which will be our priority," he added.
Last week, Trump refused to formally certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear deal, defying both allies and adversaries. He warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.
The U.S. Congress now has about two months to decide whether to reinstate sanctions.
Pouyanne said Total was weighing its options and all would depend on the U.S. Congress and if it decides to reinstate the sanctions, and what kinds of sanctions.
"We have signed a contract in Iran. If we can move forward, we'll move forward. If we cannot, we will have to stop. That's life," Pouyanne is quoted in the interview as saying.
He added that there was little financial risk to Total from the current situation because it will only make an investment decision on the project around the end of the year.
According to the Reuters, Total became the first Western oil major to sign an agreement with Iran to develop phase 11 of Iran's South Pars, the world's largest gas field. Total is the operator of the $5 billion project with a 50.1 percent stake.
Iran's deputy oil minister for trade and international affairs told a conference in London separately on Tuesday that Trump's headline policy will not hurt the country's oil industry.
Tehran (ISNA) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that Washington’s traditional allies are siding with Tehran over the nuclear deal.
Rouhani made the remarks on Tuesday referring to the US President Donald Trump’s recent razzmatazz concerning the domestic certification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action known as JCPOA.
“Even Washington’s traditional allies, such as Europe, not only refrained from supporting the US government, but also they immediately issued statements and gave speeches announcing their decisive opposition and stressed their support for the JCPOA and cooperation with Iran,” Rouhani said.
On Monday, European Union foreign ministers reaffirmed their support for the historic nuclear agreement, saying the accord is working and is a key part of non-proliferation efforts.
Rouhani also said that the Trump administration’s disregard for international agreements has put Washington on a path of isolation and discredit.
While slamming Trump over his baseless allegations against Tehran, Rouhani further expressed confidence that the Iranian nation’s solidarity along with the international community’s support for the nuclear deal will pressure the US into reviewing its anti-Tehran policies.
The Iranian president also noted that the stability and calmness in the market has proved that Iran's economy is now resistible to foreign political pressures.
Tehran (ISNA) - Just days after US President Donald Trump called for further isolation of Iran, a Norwegian solar company signed a deal to invest €2.5 billion (S$4 billion) in the country over the next five years.
"Norway is fully committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action known as the JCPOA and this is proof that we have taken the opening very seriously, and we will see more investment very soon," Norwegian ambassador Lars Nordrum told AFP.
He was hosting the signing at his residence in Teheran between Norway's Saga Energy, which will work with Iran's Amin Energy Developers to install two gigawatts of solar panels in multiple sites around the central desert region.
It comes just days after Trump gave a bellicose speech, imposing further sanctions on Iran and calling for European allies to curb their financial dealings with the country.
The new solar project is being financed by a consortium of European private and state investors, and backed by a sovereign guarantee from the government of Iran.
"We hope to build a factory in Iran to build the panels so that we are also generating jobs," said Saga's development manager Gaute Steinkopf at the signing.
"I'd like to thank Norway, which has always been one of the best friends to Iran, for this exciting opportunity," the head of international affairs for Amin Saeid Zakeri said.
It is the second largest investment deal in Iran since a landmark 2015 nuclear deal was agreed between Tehran and world powers - including the US - which saw an easing of crippling sanctions on the country.
A host of European countries have attempted to strike lucrative deals with Iran once the trade embargo dropped.
Norway has already agreed a $1 billion credit line with Iran, with trade ties strengthening between the two countries.
Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that warmongers were more worried that Iran abide by the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement than violate it.
“Warmongers confess they’re more worried that we abide by #JCPOA than violate it. No spin will mask this,” Zarif said on his official Twitter account on Tuesday referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remarks.
“US should try to comply-just like us,” he added.
When on Saturday Zarif in a tweet staged support for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which was targeted by US President Trump, the tweet came under spotlight all over the world.
On Monday, Netanyahu posted a video message on his social network account asking Zarif to delete his Twitter account.
Zarif described Netanyahu’s remarks as belligerent and added that the reason the “Warmongers” are angry is that Iran has been committed to the nuclear agreement.
Tehran (ISNA) - Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his French counterpart Jean‑Yves Le Drian have conferred on the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, also known as JCPOA.
During the conversation, which was the second phone call between the two sides within the past few days, Zarif and Le Drian also exchanged views on regional issues.
Tehran (ISNA)–Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser emphasized that Iran has no role in the operations in Kirkuk and most of the Kurdish people of Iraq are against the ambitious attempt of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani.
On the sidelines of his meeting with France's special envoy to Syria, Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati stressed that relations between Iran and France are growing.
"I insisted during our meeting on the protection of the territorial integrity in Syria and the prevention of any destruction by the foreign countries in Syria," he added.
"The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has had no interference in Kirkuk operations and most of the Kurdish people of Iraq are against the ambitious attempt of Massoud Barzani," Velayati stressed.
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