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Iran assured of help in tracing abducted guards

1397/7/25 | 19:44
  The Fore­ign Office on Tuesday assured Iran of Pakistan’s cooperation in tracing some of its guards who were abducted near the border between the two countries earlier in the day. “No effort will be spared to assist our Iranian brothers in finding the Iranian guards,” the FO said in a statement issued late in the evening after Tehran protested over the kidnapping of its guards from a region bordering Pakistan and sought cooperation for their recovery. The border guards were kidnapped by militants from a post in Mirjaveh region ...

India, Iran to speed up Chabahar plan before US bans

1397/7/24 | 19:44
Indian media have quoted informed officials as saying that the country plans to speed up the development of Iran’s Chabahar port before the new round of US sanctions against Tehran are put into place. The Economic Times quoted unidentified officials as saying that Tehran and New Delhi would rush to complete the first berth of Chabahar port to make it operational within the next weeks. Earlier reports said that India had pledged $500 million for the port, which would become operational by 2019. The port would allow Indian shipments to bypass ...

Iran embassy in Ankara evacuated after 'bomb warning'

1397/7/23 | 19:44
  Iran's envoy to Turkey was evacuated from the embassy in Ankara Today after a warning of a possible bomb threat, local media reported. The mission in the Turkish capital had been given an intelligence warning of a possible suicide bomb attack, DHA news agency reported, without giving further details. Police conducted searches of cars close to the embassy after the road was shut off, an AFP photographer said. Turkey was hit by a series of terror attacks in 2015 and 2016 blamed on Kurdish militants and the militant Islamic State (IS) ...

Saudi source: Reconciliation with Iran possible if sanctions imposed

1397/7/23 | 19:44
  As global pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia to hold the kingdom responsible over the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report indicates that Riyadh is preparing a list of countermeasures, including reconciliation with Iran, to push back against possible punishments. Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya news network reported Sunday that the kingdom’s officials had thought of “over 30 measures” as part of their preventive plan. The report, written by the network’s General Manager Turki Aldakhil, stated: “Imposing any ...

Pakistan will continue to trade with Iran in own interest despite US sanctions

1397/7/20 | 19:44
  Pakistan opposed unilateral sanctions imposed by the US on Iran saying that it would continue to trade with Iran in own interest.   Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal while replying to a question at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad said that Pakistan in principle is opposed to coercive economic sanctions which affect the human development and add to the poverty of not only a specific country but the entire region. He added that sanctions limit the economic opportunities and suffocate regional trade. “We ...

Minister sees 8 months halt every year if Pakistan-Iran ferry service launched

1397/7/19 | 19:44
  Pakistan’s Minister of Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi says that ferries can’t run from March to October because of the rough seas as we have two wind corridors from east to west and north to south but we are trying to solve the issue.   In an interview he said that there is also a plan to start ferry service between Pakistani and Iranian ports but there are certain challenges. He said there is lot of scope of cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in all sectors. He said trade opportunities between Iran and Pakistan ...

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions

1397/7/17 | 19:44
  Qatar Airways Group has expressed its commitment to continuing flights to Iran, saying it will not be affected by the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Addressing a high-profile business conference in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, the airline's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on Iran by the United States. "Aviation is not a sanctioned industry, Qatar Airways will continue to operate into the cities we are currently operating in ...

Pakistan ex-minister suggests to enhance trade ties with Iran

1397/7/16 | 19:44
  Pakistan has no other option but to enhance trade ties with Iran, Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik said in a recent interview in which he emphasized that Pakistan has to watch for its own interests and if we watch our own interests, neighbors are more important, more than anybody else.   “I think interaction between the two countries is very important to enhance bilateral ties”, the senator of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) said, referring to frequent high-level exchange of visits between the two friendly countries. Malik ...

Imran must keep working relations with Iran

1397/7/16 | 19:44
One of the major foreign policy challenges faced by the new Pakistani government headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan concerns his country’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran. These two Muslim nations have a deteriorating relationship with the former being egged on by Donald Trump’s America. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, was the first senior diplomat to visit Islamabad and meet the new Pakistani prime minister. Saudi Arabia was the first country Imran Khan visited after assuming office. Balancing this relationship will be an important ...

America’s Iran Policy Is Helping China Advance a Multipolar World

1397/7/13 | 19:44
  The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal, and subsequent escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran presents immediate challenges for China:higher prices for the world’s largest oil importer , a potential conflict along a key juncture in the Belt and Road Initiative, and heightened risk of nuclear proliferation. Chinese Middle East experts have also raised concerns that overly constrictive U.S. pressure could sideline moderate elements in Tehran, and drive Iran to “adopt a more radical foreign policy ” (采取更激进的外交政策), ...

Iran says ready to work with Saudis to build strong region, end US conceit

1397/7/13 | 19:44
  Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in order to build a strong region together and put an end to the US humiliation of regional countries. “President Trump repeatedly humiliates the Saudis by saying they can't last 2 weeks without his support,” Zarif said in a Thursday tweet. “This is the recompense for the delusion that one's security can be outsourced. We again extend our hand to our neighbors: let's build a "strong region", and stop this conceit,” the Iranian top diplomat ...

Iran not against any country's involvement in CPEC: envoy

1397/7/13 | 19:44
  Tehran’s envoy to Islamabad on Thursday said Iran does not oppose the involvement of any country in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the project is a “game changer” for the region. “CPEC is a game changer and we do not oppose any country’s participation,” said Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Hunar Dost while alluding to reports of Saudi involvement in the project. Dost also reiterated Tehran’s stance of jointly combatting terrorism with Islamabad as both countries are “targets of terrorism”. The ...

IAEA dismisses Israel's call to inspect Iran facility

1397/7/11 | 19:44
  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has declined to "take at face value" a recent Israel's claim that Iran has a secret atomic warehouse. "The Agency uses all safeguards relevant information available to it but it does not take any information at face value," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement released on Tuesday. Although Amano did not make an explicit reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim against Iran but it is his first public pronouncement since the premier's speech. "It should ...

Missile attack on terrorists in Syria first stage of Iran’s revenge: Top general

1397/7/10 | 19:44
The top Iranian general says the IRGC’s Monday missile and drone attacks on terrorists’ positions in Syria were just the first stage of Tehran’s retaliation against those who sponsored and orchestrated a recent raid on a military parade in Iran’s Ahvaz, which killed 25 and wounded over 400 people. Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Muhammad Baqeri made the remarks on Monday, hours after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had targeted terrorist positions to the east of the river Euphrates, near Albu ...

US threats of imposing sanctions on Iran 'unjust': Turkey's Erdogan

1397/7/10 | 19:44
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed as unjust the United States' move to impose sanctions against Iran and threaten to further toughen them. In a speech at the opening of the Turkish parliament on Monday, Erdogan added that excluding Iran from regional matters is wrong. He emphasized that the US had taken the wrong path by threatening and using blackmail instead of dialogue, saying it was impossible for any country to trust Washington. In his second address to the General Assembly in New York on September 25, US President ...

Iran unveils advanced airborne firefighting system

1397/7/8 | 19:44
Iran has unveiled a high pressure fire suppression system that can be carried by various aircraft to enable proportionate response in case of large-scale blazes. The technology enables release of as much as 18 tonnes of water every five seconds from the aircraft it has been equipped with. It was inaugurated in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in the central Iranian province of Isfahan on Saturday. Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony, General Hatami said the aerial firefighting technology was solely possessed ...

Netanyahu puts on new anti-Iran show at UN, repeats baseless nuclear claims

1397/7/6 | 19:44
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again taken the stage at the United Nations to bring out fresh theatrics against Iran, repeating his threadbare allegation that the country is working to develop nuclear weapons at "secret" sites. As already expected, Netanyahu used a map and photographs of a building that he claimed was a "secret atomic weapons warehouse" in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to justify his false accusations during his speech on Thursday at the 73rd annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York. "In May ...

John Bolton threatens Iran

1397/7/4 | 19:44
  While his boss was in town to address the U.N. General Assembly, his national security advisor, John Bolton, reinforced Trump’s we’ll-do-as-we-see-fit message to the world in an speech to a handpicked New York audience of people hostile to the Iran nuclear deal. As the Times of Israel reports, Bolton was about as subtle as a daisy-cutter bomb hitting a nuclear facility: US national security adviser John Bolton warned Iran of “hell to pay” and “serious consequences” if it defies the US, using some of the most aggressive language ...

In his UN address, Trump urges world to isolate Iran

1397/7/4 | 19:44
US President Donald Trump has used his second address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack Iran, promising hard-hitting sanctions and urging the world to isolate the Islamic Republic. Trump used a large portion of his address to the 73rd session of the General Assembly on Tuesday ranting against Iran, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and sowing "chaos, death and destruction," in the Middle East. "We ask all nations to isolate Iran's regime as long as its aggression continues," he continued. "They do not respect their neighbors ...

Opposition Senator concerned over pro-Saudi foreign policy of Pakistan

1397/7/3 | 19:44
Former Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has expressed his concerns over reports that Saudi Arabia had been offered to build a city of oil in Gwadar and asked Imran Khan’s PTI-led government: “Is it the singular superpower you are trying to please?   Raza Rabbani who is incumbent Senator of Pakistan Peoples Party also asked the PTI government if they want to realign the foreign policy?” He said it could not be done by off-the-cuff actions and statements. He stressed that parliament was the forum to take such decisions.   His ...

Ahvaaz attack: The US and Arabs proxy war against Iran

1397/7/3 | 19:44
On Saturday, insurgents attacked a military parade in the city of Ahvaz, killing at least 25 people. While women and children were among the victims, the primary target appeared to be troops of the Pasdaran, the elite, ideological military unit dedicated to protecting the Islamic system in the country.   This is the second major attack in Iran where state symbols have been targeted; last year, in a deadly attack claimed by the militant Islamic State group, insurgents stormed the Iranian parliament, as well as the mausoleum of revolutionary ...

‘Cooperate actively’ with Iran in tackling terrorism, UNSC President Nikki Haley says in a statement

1397/7/3 | 19:44
The UN Security Council has condemned a terrorist attack in the Iranian southwestern city of Ahvaz, calling on the international community to “cooperate” with Tehran in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Council President Nikki Haley, who serves as the US ambassador to the world body, released a statement Monday, asserting that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.” “The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, ...

Daesh’s Al-Baghdadi escapes to Afghanistan

1397/7/2 | 19:44
  Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi recently escaped to Afghanistan via Iran, it emerged this weekend. Al-Baghdadi is believed to have reached Nangarhar Province, situated east of the Afghan capital Kabul, on the border with Pakistan. According to Pakistani security sources, Al-Baghdadi crossed through the Iranian city of Zahedan, where Iran borders the southwest tip of Afghanistan, Asharq Al-Awsat reported. Asharq Al-Awsat added that “according to the sources, ISIS [Daesh] manages a location to host its fighters in Zahedan in cooperation ...

Iran summons UAE envoy over 'idiotic' remarks

1397/7/2 | 19:44
Iran has summoned UAE's charge d'affaires over “idiotic” remarks made by a senior Emirati official about a terrorist attack that left 25 people dead Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday. "Following idiotic remarks by an Emirati political adviser on the terrorist attack in Ahvaz, the United Arab Emirates' charge d'affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the head of the relevant political office and the Islamic Republic of Iran's strong protest at the irresponsible and insulting remarks was ...

There is silver lining to yesterday’s attack on Iran’s revolutionary guards

1397/7/1 | 19:44
On a day when the annual parade to mark the beginning of Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988 was underway, four gunmen opened fire on the marching soldiers and civilians standing nearby resulting in the death of 25 people and wounding another 60.   The attack is one of the deadly one in the history of Iranian Revolutionary Guard and is going to have a grave psychological impact on the nation and the armed forces of Persian state. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani before leaving for UN General Assembly session, while talking to media, said that ...

Ahvaz parade attack terrorists trained in two Persian Gulf littoral states

1397/7/1 | 19:44
A senior spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said the terrorists have been trained in two Persian Gulf littoral states, with the help of US and Mossad, and enter the Islamic Republic. Shekarchi told media outlets that at 9 am this morning, the army parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz came under attack, and four terrorists, a few days before the Armed Forces parade kicks off, had stationed their weapons in a hideout in a park near the place where the parade ceremony was supposed to be held; ...

US envoy says Washington seeks a treaty with Iran

1397/6/29 | 19:44
The United States says it seeks a treaty with Iran ahead of the next week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. US special envoy for Iran Brian Hook made the comments at an event at the Hudson Institute on Wednesday. “The new deal that we hope to be able to sign with Iran, and it will not be a personal agreement between two governments like the last one, we seek a treaty,” he told the audience. He further said that the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), lacked support among ...

'Saudis gave MKO gold, Rolex watches worth hundreds of millions of dollars'

1397/6/29 | 19:44
An ex-member of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) has shed light on Saudi Arabia’s financial support for the anti-Iran terror group, explaining how the Riyadh regime funneled, in one instance, gold bars and other valuables worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the notorious outfit. Massoud Khodabandeh, a former high-ranking MKO element, made the revelations in an interview with Jordanian news website al-Bawaba released on Tuesday. He said officials of the Saudi spy agency, formerly led by Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, gave the ...

Iran says Saudis, UAE turned OPEC into “tool” for US

1397/6/26 | 19:44
  Iran has criticized the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for allowing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to turn the body into a “tool in the hands of the US.” "Saudi Arabia and the UAE are turning OPEC into a tool for the US and consequently the organization has not much credit left," Iran's OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, was quoted by media as saying. "It is a fact that OPEC is losing its organizational character and becoming a forum," Kazempour Ardebili added. Elsewhere in his remarks, ...

Iran envoy: World should take MI6's Syria plot seriously

1397/6/25 | 19:44
Iran's ambassador to the Netherlands has welcomed US Senator Richard Black's recent warning of a fake chemical weapons attack in Syria by Britain's MI6 spy agency to pin the blame on Damascus. In a post on his official Twitter account, Alireza Jahangiri said Black's stance on a possible gas attack in Syria "proves" what has been declared repeatedly in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) meetings. The international community, he added, should pay careful attention to the Republican senator's remarks in order to prevent ...

Iran envoy speaks at National Defense University on Pak-Iran strategic cooperation

1397/6/24 | 19:44
Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has delivered a lecture on ‘Iran-Pakistan strategic cooperation’ at Pakistan’s National Defense University (NDU) in Islamabad, where he suggested that one of the ways to enhance cooperation between Iran and Pakistan has been the creation of common Islamic market.   He said that one of the most important cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in shape of regional pacts is in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). He added that ECO can play its due role regarding the cooperation ...

India’s push on Iran's Chabahar puts US in tight corner

1397/6/22 | 19:44
India and Afghanistan have signaled their commitment to the development of Iran’s strategic Chabahar port ahead of a Thursday meeting with the US which is pushing for economic strangulation of Tehran. Afghan deputy minister for foreign affairs Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi met in New Delhi Tuesday to discuss a whole gamut of issues related to the project. “The meeting focused on consolidating economic cooperation, including Chabahar,” the Indian foreign ministry ...

At key ‘2+2’ talks, India should take US demands on Iran oil sanctions with a pinch of salt

1397/6/21 | 19:44
  With the “2+2” dialogue between India and the United States due to begin in New Delhi on Thursday, the Modi government has done the right thing to allow India’s state refiners to work out with Tehran the logistics of using tankers and insurance arranged by Iran so that the import of Iranian crude oil can continue to bypass US sanctions. The discussions will involve US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis from the American side and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala ...

Would PTI change the allies in foreign policy?

1397/6/19 | 19:44
A slew of meetings with diplomats and dignitaries from Iran, Saudi Arabia, USA, and China in quick succession have put PTI’s foreign policy positions through their first real test – out in the open and beyond the contents of campaign speeches. How has Naya Pakistan arrayed itself with regional powers, what are its new positions? The short answer is: not much different from the previous ones. The PTI has iterated on existing plans and policies and has advanced their own principle positions to the respective parties, but the overall diplomatic ...

Iran, Turkey agree to defy US sanctions by boosting business ties

1397/6/17 | 19:44
The presidents of Iran and Turkey on Friday called for further promotion of business ties between the two neighboring states in a bid to counter the effect of unilateral sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran and Ankara. “Iran and Turkey must further boost their economic relations to counter US sanctions,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a Friday meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is in Tehran to attend a trilateral summit on Syria with his Iranian and Russian counterparts. Rouhani called for enhancement of banking ...

Possibility of new bloc of Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, China, Russia highlighted

1397/6/16 | 19:44
  Pakistan’s military and diplomatic experts and IR scholars see in current scenario an opportunity of emergence of a new bloc in which Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, three Muslim countries and China and Russia could join each other.   A seminar titled ‘US Exit from Iran Nuclear Deal: Emerging Geo-Political Dynamics’ was organized by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Institute of Maritime Affairs (IMA) in Islamabad where experts criticizing the US unilateral exist from Iran nuclear deal have said that Pakistan should support Iran ...

Wide coverage of Javad Zarif’s visit by Pakistani media hailed by Tehran

1397/6/11 | 19:44
Iranian official news agency (IRNA) Zarif hailed the wide coverage by Pakistan’s media of two-day official visit of Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to the Pakistani capital city Islamabad where he held separate talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Finance Minister Asad Umar. He also held a meeting with Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at army headquarters.  The Iranian minister was the first top foreign diplomat to visit ...

Iran rejects French call for wider talks

1397/6/11 | 19:44
  Iran rejected France’s call for talks on issues beyond the nuclear dossier on Friday, saying it was impossible so long as Western powers failed to meet existing commitments. “There is no basis of trust for negotiations, certainly on subjects which are non-negotiable,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, according to the Tasnim news agency. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday that Iran must be open to discussions on its missile programme and regional interventions. But Ghasemi said Europe must first ...

Israel threatens to use nuclear weapons to ‘wipe out’ its enemies

1397/6/11 | 19:44
Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies. “Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona. ...

A new bloc in the offing: Pakistan backs Iran over US nuclear deal row

1397/6/10 | 19:44
  As Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday vowed to further strengthen Pakistan-Iran ties, the government expressed unequivocal support for Iran’s position on its troubled nuclear deal with the West that has been abandoned by the United States and urged the other parties to the agreement to remain committed to it. Talking to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is the first foreign leader to visit Pakistan after the assumption of office by the PTI-led coalition government, PM Khan recalled the “inseparable bonds” connecting Pakistan ...

'Pakistan stands with Iran in this hour of need': Qureshi on US withdrawal from nuclear accord

1397/6/9 | 19:44
  Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who arrived in Islamabad on Thursday for a two-day visit, held detailed talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday, with both sides underlining the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas of cooperation. According to a press release issued by the Foreign Office, Zarif extended "best wishes of the Iranian leadership and the people of Iran on the election victory led by Prime Minister Imran Khan". Welcoming the dignitary, Qureshi noted the potential for "strengthening ...

Iran FM urges closer ties with Islamabad in talks with Pakistan parliament speaker

1397/6/9 | 19:44
  Iran and Pakistan have emphasized their will to bolster neighborly relations in all areas, especially in the fight against terrorism, as Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif pays an official visit to Islamabad for high-level talks. Upon arrival in the Pakistani capital on Thursday, Zarif held a meeting with the country's newly-elected National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, with the two officials exchanging views on issues of common interest. During the meeting, Zarif praised brotherly relations between the two neighbors and called for closer ...

Iran FM to visit Pakistan: A time to make new commitments

1397/6/8 | 19:44
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will arrive in Islamabad on Thursday for a two-day state visit and will meet senior military and civilian officials. Zarif is expected to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the country’s military leadership. This will be the first visit by a foreign minister after the formation of the new government. Earlier this month, the Iranian ambassador in a meeting with PM Imran Khan expressed his country’s willingness to deepen trade ties with Pakistan. Iranian ...

US, Israel form new joint task force to take on Iran

1397/6/8 | 19:44
The United States is teaming up with the Israeli regime to enforce economic sanctions against Iran in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the internationally backed nuclear deal with Tehran. Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed to set up a joint team for that purpose after meeting in Washington Tuesday. This was the fourth time Mnuchin, also a Jew, was meeting with Kahlon in the past 12 months. The meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is intended to deepen our strategic-economic ...

Pakistan to take the blasphemous caricature issue to UN and OIC

1397/6/6 | 19:44
The Upper House of Pakistan’s bicameral Parliament unanimously condemned sacrilegious caricature competition being held in the Netherlands and Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to take tough stance against it at United Nations General Assembly and OIC.   The resolution was tabled by Leader of the House Shibli Faraz and was unanimously approved by the house. Prime Minister Imran Khan also attended the session. Speaking on the floor of the house, Prime Minister Khan said that his government would take up the matter in the UN General Assembly ...

US policy toward Iran reflects Saudi, Israeli influence

1397/6/6 | 19:44
The newest sanctions to be imposed against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have been announced by the United States represent the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to escalate hostilities with Iran. During his campaign in 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump expressed opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was an eight party agreement between Iran, the United States, England, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union that had been formulated in Switzerland in 2015 during the administration of ...

Muslim countries have failed to tackle matter of blasphemous content: Imran Khan

1397/6/5 | 19:44
  Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that the absence of an international policy against the generation of blasphemous content is a "collective failure" on part of the Muslim countries. Addressing the Senate for the first time as prime minister, Imran Khan said his government will raise the matter before the United Nations (UN), adding: "However, I do not think that would do much." The Senate had passed a resolution to bring the UN's attention to the matter regarding the announcement by the leader of Dutch Freedom Party and Parliamentarian ...

Iran warns Saudi Arabia of consequences if activists executed

1397/6/5 | 19:44
  Iran’s High Council of Human Rights has warned Saudi Arabia of the consequences of its "cruelties," including reported plans to execute several human rights activists. According to New York-based Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five rights activists from Qatif in the kingdom's Shia-majority Eastern Province. Iran’s High Council of Human Rights "seriously warns the Saudi rulers about the consequences of these clear cruelties and crimes against the oppressed people in Qatif and ...

Mohammed bin Salman urged Assad to cut ties with Iran, Hezbollah

1397/6/1 | 19:44
A Lebanese lawmaker affiliated to Hezbollah says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad huge sums of money for the reconstruction of his conflict-plagued country in case the latter severs relations with Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, Nawwaf Musawi said a Saudi delegate had conveyed the message to the Syrian president, notifying him that the Riyadh regime would have no problem ...

Dollar out, Yuan in: Iran changes benchmark currencies

1397/5/30 | 19:44
Iran has removed the US Dollar from its official currency rate reporting platform and replaced it with China’s Yuan in an effort that the media in Tehran say could be a key step toward ditching the greenback in trade. As of Monday, the Dollar was taken off – a website affiliated to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) used to display the average rates of the country’s most tradable currencies such as the Dollar, the Euro and UAE’s Dirham. Searches in the archives of the website would also show the Yuan instead of the Dollar. The ...