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Iran’ deputy FM heads to UAE, Kuwait, Oman

Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs has embarked on a three-nation tour of the Persian Gulf for talks on regional developments. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian left Tehran Sunday night on a whistle-stop trip to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman. During his visit, the top Iranian diplomat will sit down with the officials of the three countries to discuss the latest developments in th ...

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Rafsanjani urges Iran-Saudi cooperation in fighting extremism

A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia should make joint efforts to counter extremism in the Muslim world. Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in a Saturday meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Riyadh Hossein Sadeqi that Iran has cooperated with Saudi Arabia at different junctures. “To fight extremism…a collective effort should be made by ...

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Larijani blasts UN duplicity on Iran

In an open letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Iranian human rights official slams the double standards adopted by the UN on Iran. Following is the text of the letter: Her Excellency Mrs. Navi Pillay Honorable U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights 29 June 2014 Your Excellency; As stipulated in a number of resolutions and decisions adopted by Human Rights Council, particularly resolutions 5/1 a ...

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EU court scraps bans on Iran’s Sharif University

A European Union court has scrapped sanctions on a leading Iranian university after the 28-nation bloc failed to provide sufficient evidence over its alleged role in Tehran’s nuclear energy program. According to the Thursday ruling by the Luxembourg-based General Court, the bans placed by the European Union on Iran’s Sharif University of Technology cannot be upheld due to insufficient proof that it had alle ...

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Iran will not compromise on nuclear rights: Zarif

Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran will not compromise on its nuclear rights in the ongoing negotiations with six world powers. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Vienna on Wednesday that Iran is prepared to take solid steps to guarantee that its nuclear program is solely used for peaceful purposes. The top nuclear negotiator added that Iran remains committed to end the "unnecessary crisis" over its peaceful nuc ...

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Iranian Guards Closely Monitoring Movements Along Borders: Commander

A senior commander of the Iranian border guards in the western province of Kermanshah said on Sunday there were no security threats in the province, adding that border guards would not allow enemies to have even the smallest moves along borders. Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency in Kermanshah, Brigadier General Kiumars Sheikhi pointed to the recent visit by the Interior Minister to the western province, an ...

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Takfiri backers seek divided Iraq for Israel sake: Iran official

Supporters of the Takfiri terrorists have plotted to smash Iraq into separate pieces in an attempt to facilitate the Israeli dominance over the country, says an Iranian official. On Tuesday, Iran Majlis Director General for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam said Israel and the Western states that are supporting the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq are the same parties ...

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Muslims begin observing fasting month of Ramadan

Millions of Muslims begin observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan in many parts of the world. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the time when Muslims around the world fast for one month and break their fast after evening prayers by having an “iftar” meal. In Iran, people marked the beginning of the Islamic holy month on Sunday by performing traditional rituals on the streets of the ca ...

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Rouhani warns of attempts to cause sectarian strife in region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned against increased attempts by enemies of Islam to cause division among Muslims. “The flames of violence and extremism are flaring across the Muslim world, and ignorance and extremism have cleared the way for the realization of the longtime plot of the enemies of Islam in sowing discord and causing sectarian and tribal strife,” President Rouhani said in a message o ...

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Iran Boosts Security along Borders with Iraq

Iran has stepped up surveillance along its long border with Iraq in precaution against a spread of violence from armed mercenaries of the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) who have seized a swathe of its neighbor, a senior official said on Monday. Iran Boosts Security along Borders with Iraq "Due to the unique situation in Iraq and its proximity to our western regions, we have taken du ...

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