Traffic of foreign delegations in Tehran
There is a traffic of foreign delegations in Tehran who are here in search of new opportunities to boost mutual ties following the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and P5+1 group of countries.
The deal has paved the way for foreign countries to boost Iran ties, particularly in economic and trade fields.
On Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Azeri Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev, heading an economic delegation, called for cooperation with the Republic of Azerbaijan in oil and gas industries.
President Rouhani said the two neighbors can begin to invest jointly in the Caspian Sea, adding that mutual cooperation in oil and gas industries can contribute to stronger ties between Iran and Azerbaijan.
He further highlighted the important role of the International North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) in the enhancement of ties between the two neighbors.
President Rouhani also hailed Azerbaijan as a gate that links Iran to the Caucasus, adding that Iran could also connect its northwestern neighbor to the rest of the world via the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
The NSTC is a multipurpose route for the transit of goods between Iran, Russia, Europe, India and Central Asia via shipping lines, railroad and land routes.
For his part, Mustafayev hailed the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, saying that the agreement would benefit regional and international peace and stability.
Mustafayev also voiced Baku’s determination to develop ties with Iran in different fields, including energy, commerce, transportation, industry, agriculture, oil, petrochemical industries and banking.
Serbian delegation in Tehran
Tehran is also hosting a Serbian delegation headed by the country’s foreign minister which arrived in the capital on Monday.
After arriving in Tehran, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The two top diplomats discussed ways of boosting bilateral relations, especially in business and economic fields.
During the meeting Zarif welcomed a proposal by Dačić for holding the 14th meeting of Iran-Serbia Joint Economic Commission.
Referring to the countries’ long-standing and favorable relations, Zarif expressed hope for the development of bilateral cooperation in political, economic, energy, agricultural, parliamentary, cultural, scientific, and academic areas.
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Iran, US closer to joint trade chambers
A top Iranian trade official has confirmed that the United States has already taken measures for the establishment of the US-Iran Joint Chamber of Commerce, saying a reciprocal move will start in Tehran once the Chamber is officially launched in Washington.
Mohsen Jalalpour, the president of Iran Chamber of Commerce, has told the local media that the Iran-US Chamber of Commerce could be established in Iran within two months, Press TV reported.
Jalalpour added that the preliminaries for this could be prepared during President Hassan Rouhani’s anticipated visit to New York for a UN General Assembly meeting in September.
“Based on Iran’s laws, the Iran-US Joint Chamber of Commerce can be established within two months after the creation of a peer institution in the US,” the official said.
“This requires no authorization from the Iranian government because we did not initiate this. An authorization from the government would have been required if we had initiated it”.
On a related front, Alireza Nateqi, the head of a key economic headquarters at Iran’s Interior Ministry, has said that the Iran-US Trading House has been created in the UAE.
Nateqi has told the media that the House is presently focused on attracting investments of Iranian expatriates living in the US for joint investments in Iran.
Many of opponents of deal loved Iraq war, Dem says
Some of the loudest cheerleaders for the Iraq War are hollering for Congress to kill an Iran nuclear deal that could prevent an even larger and more damaging conflict in the Middle East, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) argued in an interview with The Huffington Post.
President Barack Obama has been leaning on members of Congress to get behind his agreement and support it in the fall when lawmakers return from their summer break.
One GOP lawmaker, Rep. Pete Roskam (Ill.), announced Monday that he has enough supporters to guarantee passing a resolution that disapproves of the deal. But Obama intends to veto any such disapproval, and his focus is on keeping enough Democrats on board to stop Congress from overriding him.
Blumenauer, one of those Democrats, said that he understands his colleagues’ concerns about the deal, but argued that the agreement offers the best chance of restraining Iran on the nuclear front, and that ditching it plays into the hands of people who were all too happy to go to war before.
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Jiroft, cradle of human civilization Largest Mideast project
By Fatemeh Shokri & Atefeh Rezvan-Nia
For centuries, Mesopotamia was thought to be the world’s oldest civilization. This was generally accepted by the people until a 5,000-year old temple was discovered in Jiroft Historical Site in Iran’s southern Kerman province, prompting archeologists to identify the region as the world’s oldest cradle of human civilization.
Jiroft has undergone different phases of archeological excavations since 2002. Although many valuable objects, including two clay inscriptions carrying the oldest human scripts, have been unearthed during authorized excavations in the region, many more such objects have been found by pillagers and smuggled abroad to become the centerpieces in museums across the world.
Nader Alidad Soleimani, the manager of Jiroft’s Cultural Heritage Site, has been studying the location for the past 20 years. He has greatly contributed to safeguarding the cultural and historical remains of Jiroft.
Iran Daily conducted an interview with him to get detailed information about the ongoing studies.
IRAN DAILY: Please explain the various phases of excavations that have been conducted in Jiroft.
SOLEIMANI: The first phase of official archeological studies was conducted during 2002-2007. The studies resumed in the region in 2014 after a seven-year pause.
However, I have been exploring the Jiroft region since 1995, since I was aware of the historical importance of Jiroft, years before official studies began.
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Italian expert: Nuclear deal will boost Iran-EU ties
By Kian Raad
Europeans were the first to welcome the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers made in Vienna last month. Shortly after the landmark agreement, senior officials from Germany and France visited Tehran and a high-ranking Italian delegation followed suit. Iran Daily has talked to Gerta Zaimi, a Florence-based political scientist, to see why European countries are keen to expand their political and economic ties in the wake of the nuclear accord.
IRAN DAILY: Do you think the nuclear agreement is a win-win deal for Iran and the 5+1?
Gerta Zaimi: Yes. I think in case it will be implemented it is a win-win result. It seems a very realistic agreement. The issue is to obtain through negotiations what you might obtain using military force. I repeat, if properly implemented, it is an achievement for non-proliferation and regional security. The objective of a Middle East free of nuclear weapons is agreed in principle by all parties. The deal promises to head off a nuclear arms race in the region, even though it strengthens Iran. Iran does keep its nuclear facilities, but with far less centrifuges.
From its side, Tehran will receive billions in unfrozen oil revenues, would resume trade and investment relations with the West and the East wishing the funds will be used primarily to restore capital investment and public finances hit by low oil prices.
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Taliban power transition deepens rifts among leaders
The head of the Taliban’s Qatar-based political office has stepped down, a statement said, a high-profile resignation within leadership ranks highlighting growing discord over the movement’s recent power transition.
Mullah Akhtar Mansour was announced as the new Taliban chief on Friday after the militants confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who led the movement for some 20 years, AFP reported.
But splits immediately emerged between Mansour and rivals challenging his appointment, exposing the Taliban’s biggest leadership crisis in recent years and one that raises the risk of a factional split.
Underscoring the deepening internal divisions, Tayeb Agha stepped down on Monday as head of the Taliban’s political office, set up in Qatar in 2013 to facilitate peace talks.
“In order to live with a clear conscience and abide by the principles of Mullah Omar, I decided that my work as head of the political office has ended,” Agha said in the statement published on a website regularly used by the Doha office and confirmed by a Taliban source.
“I will not be involved in any kind of (Taliban) statements... and will not support any side in the current internal disputes within the Taliban.”
Agha added that consensus should have been sought from militants’ strongholds inside Afghanistan over the new leader’s appointment.
The Taliban source said Mansour’s aides were trying to convince Agha to withdraw his resignation but his statement adds to a growing chorus of dissent in the movement over the increasingly bitter political transition.
Two Turkish soldiers killed in ‘new PKK attack’
Suspected PKK rebels killed two more Turkish soldiers on Tuesday as the European Union expressed concerns about bloody clashes in the country.
Kurdish rebels detonated a remote-controlled mine as a military convoy passed by in the Arakoy region of Sirnak province bordering Iraq and Syria, AFP quoted the army as saying.
The explosion triggered clashes between Turkish soldiers and PKK rebels, it added.
Initial reports said the death toll rose to three after one victim died in hospital but this was later denied by official sources.
The army said two soldiers had died and one soldier and one village guard were wounded in the attack by the “separatist terror organization”, its customary phrase for the PKK.
The EU said on Tuesday it was deeply concerned about recent bloody clashes between Turkey and Kurdish rebels, urging Ankara to be “proportionate” in its response so as not to endanger a faltering peace process.
EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn told Turkish EU Minister Volkan Bozkir that the 28-nation bloc “acknowledged the commitment of the Turkish authorities to stepping up the fight against ISIL and reaffirmed the EU’s strong support for these efforts.
“At the same time, the commissioner expressed the EU’s deep concern about recent developments which have a negative impact on the Kurdish-Turkish settlement process,” Hahn was quoted as saying in a statement Tuesday.
The PKK has stepped up its strikes on the security forces in the last two weeks, as Turkish warplanes bomb its positions in northern Iraq.
The spiral of violence sparked by the killing of 32 pro-Kurdish activists last month in a town on the Syrian border by ISIL terrorists, leaving a 2013 cease-fire between Ankara and the PKK in tatters.
According to an AFP toll, 19 members of the Turkish security forces have been killed in attacks blamed on the PKK since the current crisis began.
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