FM Zarif speaks at Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has spoken at the meeting of the International Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow today, Monday, 19 February 2018. The speech is as follows
IDRO and Russia sign oil agreement
The Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) and Russian oil company Zarubezhneft signed an agreement to cooperate in the development of Susangerd oilfield.
Six strategic proposals to improve Iran-Saudi relations
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former diplomat and deputy secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, wrote in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs: The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran marks a deepening division between regional powers and international hegemons in the Persian Gulf. The Saudis and Iranians have to learn to cooperate or risk further confrontation.
Rouhani: The key to future Iran-US relations in DC
In a press conference with Iranian and foreign reporters yesterday, 7 February 2018, President Hassan Rouhani pointed out that if the US was interested in positive interaction with Iran, it could have used the 2015 nuclear agreement, the JCPOA, correctly. He added: “If the US had remained committed to all its obligations under the JCPOA, it would have led to a set of new conditions and we may have been able to discuss other topics with the US. Sadly, they have stepped over this golden opportunity.
Rouhani and Putin renew commitment to JCPOA
In a telephone conversation with President Putin of Russia, Iran’s President Rouhani has mentioned certain efforts by countries to kill the Iran nuclear agreement, the JCPOA, and said: “Iran will remain committed to its obligations under the deal for as long as the other signatories are committed to it. To achieve this, it is necessary to stop certain signatories from killing the deal.”
Iran response to JCPOA workgroup
(Persia Digest) – As the US Secretary of State has announced the setup of a workgroup to discuss the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said his country has no information on the workgroup of the three European countries on the JCPOA and has not received anything formal from them. He said the Americans talk about their dreams through other people.
Bahram Ghassemi stated that the US Administration has pursued its policies of destroying the JCPOA, and will continue to do so. He added: “Steps taken by the US clearly indicate that they are not committed to their obligations.”
The spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “It is clear that the US is unhappy about Iran’s relations with the EU and countries in the region and it is trying to pressurize them to abide by its rules and interests.”
He stressed: “Iran-EU ties go back a long time and this has been strengthened over the years.”
Ghassemi continued by saying that Iran has had numerous discussions with the EU on different issues, and added: “We can conduct discussions on regional and international topics with all countries. This is not an issue for us.”
As reported by Persia Digest, the US Secretary of State has announced the workgroup on the JCPOA with the UK, Germany, and France while Federica Mogherini declined to comment on the subject at a press conference during her visit with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine.
Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, has warned that any amendments to the JCPOA pursued by Washington are currently impossible.
Start of Astara-Moscow cargo train
The Director for the Office of International Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways has announced trilateral negotiations between Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia to launch the Astara-Moscow cargo train.
Vocalists Selected for the World Cup
The Football Federation of Iran has selected two vocalists to perform a song for the national team for the 2018 World Cup. After Iran’s national team qualified for the World Cup for the fifth time, the Federation officials decided to work with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to produce a song for the national team.
Influx of Iranian spectators to Russia World Cup
The fact that the National Iranian Football Team (Team Melli) has managed to make the World Cup for the second time in row is attractive enough for its supporters to flunk to its qualifying matches. As reported by “Shahrvand” newspaper, World Cup ticket in the first instance have been going like hot potatoes both inside Iran and overseas. Those who have not been able to find tickets at this point are impatiently waiting for the second stage of ticket sales to watch the skills of Carlos Queiroz’s team.
Latest: FM Zarif meets with Lavrov
Iran’s FM Javad Zarif has met with Russian FM Lavrov. He has tweeted about the importance of the US to remain committed to the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal with the five world powers in 2015.
Iran-Turkey friendly game 44 years on
The official website of the Turkish Football Federation has announced that the national football teams of Iran and Turkey will be holding friendly games in May 2018. The exact date will be decided by the end of January.
Iran’s Futsal, First in Asia, Fifth worldwide
In the latest ranking of national futsal teams in the world which has been announced by “futsalworldranking”, Iran national futsal team with 1625 points continues to hold the top rank in Asia and fifth in the world.