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Iran, Turkey, Qatar move to bolster trade amid Saudi-led blockade

Iran, Turkey and Qatar have signed a trilateral agreement aimed at boosting trade with Doha amid a Saudi-led blockade on the Persian Gulf sheikhdom. Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Business Mohammad Shariatmadari, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Qatari Economy Minister Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani signed the deal in ...

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Iran’s diplomacy based on dialogue, negotiation: Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic’s diplomacy is based on solving conflicts through dialogue and negotiation, criticizing US attempts to hinder the implementation of the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement. Larijani made the remarks in a Sunday meeting in Tehran with Janusz Lewandowski, a member of the European ...

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Nepal votes in first provincial polls amid democracy hopes

Residents of mountain villages and foothill towns voted Sunday in Nepal’s first provincial polls, with the hope of bringing government closer to the Himalayan nation’s rural and remote areas. Nepal’s chief election commissioner, Ayodhi Prasad Yadav, said turnout was more than 65 percent among the 3.2 million voters who were ...

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Iran to continue support for Syria against terrorism, Rouhani tells Assad

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s determination to continue its support for Syria in its fight against terrorism. In a Saturday phone conversation with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, Rouhani stressed the necessity to fight against terrorist groups in the region and noted, “The strategic ties between ...

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Western media’s narrative about Zaghari disproven

Iran’s news network Press TV has obtained documents from the Islamic Republic’s Judiciary belying Western media claims that convicted Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari had merely traveled to Iran on a family visit. According to the documents, Zaghari had played an active and leading role in holding training courses for recruits ...

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Iran president condemns ‘heinous’ terrorist crime in Egypt

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the recent bloody “heinous” terrorist attack against worshippers at a mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula. “Condemning the heinous terrorist crime during Friday Prayers in Egypt, I extend Iranian people’s and my sincere condolences to the Egyptian people and the bereaved families of the ...

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Gas exporters blast US use of sanctions as weapon

Gas exporting countries have condemned the use of sanctions as a weapon against other nations, in an apparent jab at the United States. The Gas Exporting Countries Forum, which has 12 members in the likes of Iran, Russia and Qatar, issued a communiqué at the end of their summit in ...

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Heavy snow, cold spell hit 10 Iranian provinces

Unexpected wintry weather and a cold snap have struck many parts of Iran, with snowfall blocking roads and stranding vehicles in several provinces across the country. Heavy snowfall and snowstorms affected some 10 Iranian provinces on Saturday, mainly in the northern and western parts of the country, with thermometers registering ...

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Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees

Bangladesh says it has agreed with Myanmar on repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar amid widespread expressions of distrust of the process among the displaced. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali announced on Saturday that the two sides signed a repatriation agreement for the ...

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