The 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference has issued a statement to wrap up its work. The statement declares that, while the US insists on its wrongful decision to transfer its embassy to Quds, members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation who have political and economic ties with the Zionist regime will suspend these.
In the past few days, Iranian officials have given a new green light to Arab countries for talks. As reported by Persia Digest, despite criticizing Saudi Arabia’s ties with the US and Zionist regimes, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, at a meeting with visiting dignitaries for the 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference, emphasized: “We believe that Islamic unity holds a sensitive position in the world with many followers and capabilities. It can lead to the formation of a great, influential power. We have even told those who behave with animosity towards us that we are ready to respond in a brotherly manner, even if this is not their approach.”
The 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference took place in Tehran with the presence of President Rouhani, Parliament Speaker, and the parliamentary delegations of Islamic countries. Over the course of the Conference, the Chair of the Conference was transferred from Mali to Iran and its Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani.
In a statement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has responded to Trump’s sanctions waiver for Iran and the need to amend the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA. As reported by Persia Digest, the statement reads: “On Friday, 12 January 2018, the US President inevitably issued a sanctions waiver for Iran despite his year-long efforts to kill the JCPOA.”
US President, Donald Trump, has waived sanctions against Iran. The waiver must be issued every 120 days. But he warned that this may the last time, unless talks begin about Iran’s missile program and the uranium enrichment which has been limited for ten years under the deal becomes permanent.
Talks on the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement with the great powers, officially known as the JCPOA, have reached their highest levels these days. It is time for the US to decide on certification and sanctions relief for Iran in a few days’ time. Trump must decide whether he wants to keep the US in the deal, or to re-impose sanctions and leave the deal. As a result, diplomatic talks between the other signatories to the deal have reached a peak.
By praising the great movement of the Iranian people in recent days, Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, analyzed the dimensions and different layers of conspiracy by the enemies of the state to take advantage of the rightful demands of people.
One year has passed from the sudden death of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Expediency Council. A ceremony was held in Tehran on the first anniversary of his passing today, 9 January. First Deputy to Iran’s President, Eshaq Janahguiri, talked of the special character and life of the late Hashemi Rafsanjani.
The 2nd Tehran Security Conference entitled “Regional Security in West Asia – Emerging Challenges and Trends” was held in Tehran today, 8 January 2018. This was attended by political and security officials and researchers from 49 countries.
After the passing of 12 days of protests nationwide in Iran, relative calm has returned to its cities. Some members of the opposition believe that protests have died down in smaller cities due to a lack of internet connection and access to social networks. Nevertheless, it seems the volume and intensity of protests has waned in total; although, peaceful silent marches are taking place.
Paul Pillar says: The U.S. government does not have the ability to change unilaterally a multilateral agreement. Even most of the U.S. opponents of the JCPOA admit that, which is why they talk about "renegotiating" the accord.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announced: “Tourists are no longer required to go to Iranian embassies for visas. They can apply online and travel to Iran once their application has been reviewed.”
On 13 August 2018, at 21h30, the concert titled “A song from another world” began playing in Vahdat Hall in Tehran with a band of musicians with autism and down syndrome, for an audience that included figures such as Loris Tjeknavorian and Kambiz Derambakhsh.
International Mathematical Union (IMU) named 3 May, the birthday of "Maryam Mirzakhani", the International Women's Day in Maths, on the proposal of the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society.
A celebration was held in Tehran to celebrate polo registration by Unesco. Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization Deputy, Mohammad-Hassan Talebian spoke about the game at the ceremony and called the registration an important global event for cultural diplomacy and peace.
RT writes that the presidents of Russia and Iran met on the sidelines of the Caspian summit in Aktau, Kazakhstan on Sunday. Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani addressed ways in which world’s most acute crises, particularly in the Middle East, can be settled, the Kremlin said.