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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on May 8

Tehran, May 8, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Saturday:

** IRAN DAILY

-- Ayatollah Khamenei: Balance tipped in Islam’s favor, Zionist enemy in decline

In this auspicious future, cooperation between Muslim countries should be a main and fundamental goal and this does not seem unlikely. The pivot around which this cooperation turns is the issue of Palestine – the entirety of that country – and the fate of Holy Quds. This is the same truth that guided the enlightened heart of the great Imam Khomeini (may God bestow mercy upon him) toward the announcement of International Quds Day on the last Friday of Ramadan.
Cooperation between Muslims around the pivot of Holy Quds is an absolute nightmare for the Zionists and for their American and European advocates. The failed project called “the Deal of the Century” and the effort to normalize the relations between a few weak Arab governments and the Zionist regime were desperate attempts to run away from that nightmare.

-- Iran rolls out hundreds of educational projects with investment of $113m

Iran opened hundreds of new educational projects with an investment of $113 million, as the country keeps expanding its academic and training facilities to respond to a growing demand for educational services from its young population.
Using a videoconference call on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a total of 376 educational projects across the country, his website wrote in a report, which added that a bulk of 23.75 trillion rials in investment spent on the projects had come from government resources.

-- Iran-Poland Furniture Exhibition inaugurated in Tehran

The Iran-Poland Furniture Exhibition inspired by Polish and Iranian cultures was inaugurated in Tehran on Friday. The exhibition was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Iran, University of Tehran and Behman Design Group.
Speaking in the inauguration ceremony, Polish Ambassador to Tehran Maciej Fałkowski said during a joint endeavor, students of the Industrial Design Department of the University of Tehran were invited to design a piece of furniture that would combine the elements of Iranian and Polish cultures.

** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Arabs, Iranians Need to Agree on Regional Format

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Thursday that Persian Gulf Arab states and Iran need to agree on a format to address concerns and ease regional tensions.
Sheikh Muhammad also welcomed steps by Doha’s ally, Turkey, to mend ties with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and urged the two Arab states to continue to engage with Ankara.
"The region needs to feel some stability and needs to have all the players in the region coming along together and to have dialogue to calm down all these tensions,” he told Reuters.

-- Iranian Para Powerlifter Bags Gold Medal in Thailand

- Iran’s Amir Jafari has won the gold medal of the 2021 World Para Powerlifting Championships underway in Thailand.
Amir Jafari received the gold medal in the 65-kilogram weight category. He lifted the 197 kg weights to stand on the podium.
In this category, representatives from Kazakhstan and Thailand won the second and third titles. The tournament expected to be the final Paralympic qualifying round.

-- Clock Fast Ticking for the End of Israel

"Israel is not a country; rather it is a terrorist camp against the Palestinian people and the rest of the Muslim Ummah. Fighting this despotic regime is fighting oppression and terrorism, and this is a collective responsibility.”
This was the gist of yesterday’s memorable message of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the occasion of the annual World Qods Day, which over the past decades has evolved into a humanitarian resolve of all conscientious people for the eventual weeding out of the illegal Zionist entity from the face of the Earth.

** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Riyadh confirms Iran-Saudi dialogue

An official at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Riyadh-Tehran dialogue has been shaped. Ambassador Rayed Krilmly, head of the policy planning at the ministry, told Reuters that the talks are to “reduce tensions in the region.”

The official expressed hope that the talks would conclude positively, “but it’s too early, and premature, reach any definitive conclusions.” Iran has welcomed a change of tone in Saudi Arabia in the past weeks, yet stating that it’s not enough. 

-- Iran’s annual petrochemical exports up 13%

 Iranian exports of petrochemical products increased by 13 percent in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20) compared to the preceding year, general secretary of Iran's Association of Petrochemical Industry Corporation (APIC) said.

According to Ahmad Mahdavi Abhari, last year 11 new petrochemical complexes went operational across Iran which increased the country’s petrochemical output by about 10 percent.

-- Seljuk-era arch bridge near Tehran undergoes restoration

The first phase of a restoration project and rehabilitation work has been commenced on Pol-e Khatun; a centuries-old arch bridge near capital Tehran. 

The deck of the monument, which is situated in Karaj, the capital of Alborz province, was slightly collapsed last December due to severe rainfalls. The project involves lightening the bridge and preparing it for the next rounds of restoration works, the provincial tourism chief Fereydoun Mohammadi announced on Friday. 

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