The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the ministry was uninformed at all levels of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Iran, and this was kept until the end of the visit.
In a meeting with the cabinet members on July 15, 2018 Ayatollah Khamenei made important statements regarding the European Commission’s support package for Iran. These statements are published for the first time by Khamenei.ir:
Former Iranian Ambassador to Libya believes: “The statements and decision-makings of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) reflects US policies which are dictated to the majority of its member countries directly or indirectly. Nevertheless, it is better for Iran to remain in the organization than to leave it.”
The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran has emphasized that Iran will stay in Syria for as long as its government requires it, reiterating: “Netanyahu’s jeering and sneering and his pointless trips will not affect Iran’s presence in Syria.”
A Researcher on Russia and the Caucasus in Iran believes: “In the same way that Iran cannot intervene in the future of Russian troops in Syria, Russia cannot do this either. Iran is in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government and will leave only at their request.”
A group of Iranian lawmakers have prepared an urgent plan to hold a referendum in the country on four issues. The plan will be presented to the Majlis Presiding Board after being signed by the members of the Iranian Parliament.
An analyst of Subcontinent affairs in Iran believes: “Considering Iran’s historic ties with India and Pakistan, and the wide-ranging interests of New Delhi in Chabahar Port, Pakistan’s view of Tehran’s ability to act as mediator in recent tensions with India is not far from reality.”
Although America claims that sanctions do not include humanitarian goods such as medication, an official of the Health Ministry of Iran has said that the country is forced to even smuggle in lab kits with the help of kolbars.
An Iranian expert of international affairs believes: “The main challenges of Iran’s foreign policy in the next Iranian calendar year has more domestic than international roots, particularly in economic issues and increasing poverty.”
Christie’s has been auctioning works for some Iranian artists for a number of years now. This year, on its 25th anniversary in Dubai, Christie’s will be holding an auction titled "Modern and Contemporary Art in the Middle East" on 23 March 2019 in which twelve Iranian artists will be participating with eighteen works.
The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access to the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.
A sociologist in Iran believes: “State domination on the public sphere and preventing interactions between individuals has deprived Iranian society of public rejoicing. With emphasis by government on the sad side of religion, the opportunity to strengthen the collective spirit through religion has also been eliminated.”