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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on May 19

Tehran, May 19, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Wednesday:

** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran reports 46% surge in exports y/y in May

Iran has reported a surge in the value of exports in the two first months of the current calendar year beginning late March as the country seeks to offset losses suffered last year because of coroanvirus restrictions on trade.

The Iranian customs office IRICA said on Tuesday that exports from the country had reached a total of $5.6 billion in the 55 days to May 15, up 46% against the same period last year.

-- Oil hits two-month high as economies reopen

Oil rose on Tuesday to hit $70 a barrel for the first time since March before paring gains, lifted by expectations of demand recovery after the reopening of the European and US economies offset concern over spreading coronavirus cases in Asia.

Brent crude topped $70 for the first time since March 15 and was up 10 cents, or 0.1%, at $69.56 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate crude eased 24 cents, or 0.4%, to $66.03. "Economies are again switching a gear higher," Tamas Varga of broker PVM told Reuters. "The euphoria is reflected in the general belief that the economic revival will soon be coupled with oil demand recovery."

-- Mounesan: One museum inaugurated in Iran every five days

Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan said that at present every five days, a museum is inaugurated in the country. The private sector, with a 400 percent growth in the field of private museums, has contributed the most to this figure, the minister said. 

He made the remarks on the occasion of the International Museum Day (May 18) and the beginning of Cultural Heritage Week.

** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Oman to Propose Hydrogen Production With Iran

Oman plans to discuss production of blue hydrogen with Iran as part of an offshore pipeline project to pump Iranian gas to the sultanate through the Sea of Oman, Omani Oil and Gas Minister Muhammad al-Rumhy has said.
The 1.2 billion pipeline plan is currently on hold due to U.S. sanctions, but Oman is encouraged by the marathon talks going on in Vienna to bring back the United States to a 2015 nuclear deal which had lifted the sanctions on Iran.

-- 200 MPs Set Iran’s Conditions: Complete Removal of Sanctions

Iran’s parliament on Tuesday stressed the country’s “definitive” demand for a “real removal” of U.S. sanctions, followed by a “meticulous verification” of the step.
In a statement, 200 MPs stressed their demand for a real removal of all the sanctions and a rigorous verification of the process, calling it “the essential condition for Iran’s commitment to its nuclear obligations”.
The U.S. reimposed the sanctions in 2018 after unilaterally leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under Article 26 of the JCPOA allowing a signatory to use its rights in case of non-compliance by other parties, Iran scaled back its compliance after a year of waiting.

-- Iran to Play Argentina, France in Tokyo: Alekno

Head coach of Iran national volleyball team Vladimir Alekno said Team Melli is going to play two friendly matches with Argentina and France in Tokyo, Japan.
Iran has been pitted against Japan, Poland, Italy, Canada and Venezuela in Pool A in the 2020 Olympic Games. Brazil, USA, Russia, Argentina, France and Tunisia are in Pool B.

The Russian coach said in a news conference on Tuesday they have negotiated with the world’s volleyball giants to play friendly.
“We have talked to Argentina and France coaches to play friendly matches in Tokyo. The matches will be held as part of preparation for the Olympic games ahead of the event,” Alekno said.
“The 2021 Volleyball Nations League is also an opportunity for us to test our team for the Olympic Games. We can use our young players in the competition in Italy,” he added.

** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Over $761m allocated for emergency water supply in dry regions

 Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian has announced the allocation of 32 trillion rials (about $761.2 million) for emergency water supply in provinces that are facing severe water shortage in the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21).

Speaking in a ceremony for inaugurating new projects in the seventh week of the ministry’s A-B-Iran scheme on Tuesday, Ardakanian said: “Approving 32 trillion rials of resources for implementing emergency water supply programs in dry provinces is going to ensure sustained supply of water for people living in such regions.”

-- National campaign to ease water stress in 4 provinces

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will launch a campaign for the fourth time to solicit public donations to ease water stress in four drought-ridden provinces of the country.

The long-standing 20-year-old drought in the region is forcing many to have to provide their water from tank trucks delivering water to the areas. The campaign, called Nazr-e Ab (literally meaning water donation), was launched three years ago, following the drought crisis in the southern and southeastern provinces of the country, with the aim of supplying fresh water to deprived areas with the help of the people and the IRCS.

-- Safavid-era caravanserai to undergo restoration for possible UNESCO registration 

The Safavid-era (1501-1736) Khan Caravanserai in Khoy, the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan is planned to be restored and preserved, the provincial tourism chief has said. 

It is one of the three caravanserais in the province being considered to be added to the shortlist of historical Iranian caravanserais prepared for a possible inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list, CHTN quoted Jalil Jabari as saying on Tuesday. 

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