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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 15

Tehran, June 15, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Tuesday:


-- Iran could offer India access to Jask port for strategic oil reserve facility: Envoy

Iran could offer India access to its port of Jask as a base for strategic oil reserves and a standalone gas pipeline to meet New Delhi’s growing energy demands.
The proposal was put forward by Iranian Ambassador to India Ali Chegeni at a roundtable held on the future of bilateral ties.

-- First Iranian COVID jab granted emergency use authorization: Minister

The emergency use authorization for the first Iranian COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed COVIran Barakat, was granted on Sunday, said the health minister. In an address to a ceremony on Monday, Saeed Namaki added, “Today Iran obtained the emergency use authorization for COVIran Barakat jab,” IRNA reported.
The vaccine has been developed by Iranian experts at the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order. Namaki noted that in a few days, another COVID-19 jab, jointly developed by the Pasteur Institute of Iran and Cuba’s Finlay Vaccine Institute, will be given the emergency use authorization, expressing hope that two other Iranian vaccines, namely, COV-Pars (developed by Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute) and Fakhra (produced by the Defense Ministry), will obtain the permit in the near future.

-- Sar Yazd Castle, the first bank in world

Sar Yazd Castle is considered the first bank in the world. The marvelous citadel, built from mud bricks dates back to the third century CE. It served as a place where the people of the city would keep their treasures and grains, inspirock.com wrote.
The castle is in the village of Saryazd, in the region of Mehriz region, in Iran’s central province of Yazd. This ancient bank was built during the Sassanids (3rd century) and became the first ancient bank in Iran and in the world. About 30 miles outside of Yazd, Sar Yazd Castle rises like a giant sand castle from the desert.


-- Rouhani’s Message for Putin: Iran-Russia Ties to Expand

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani expressed confidence that the friendly relations between Tehran and Moscow will continue to grow in all fields.
In a message for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Iranian president congratulated the government and people of Russia on the National Day of the Russian Federation. President Rouhani also expressed confidence that the friendly ties between Iran and Russia, which have followed a growing trend in recent years, would continue to expand in various fields to serve the interests of the two nations in light of mutual efforts.

-- Iran Beat Saudi Arabia in FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Iran national basketball team on Monday defeated Saudi Arabia 70-64 in Group E of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.
Iran national basketball team had defeated Qatar 84-46 in Group E on Saturday.
The victories gave Iran a direct quota to Asia Cup 2021.
There are 24 teams competing in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. Once the three windows of the Qualifiers conclude, the top two teams in each group will qualify directly to Asia Cup 2021. The six last-placed teams in each group are eliminated.

-- Iran Forms Strategic Depth of Palestinian Resistance

A high-ranking official of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement said Monday Iran, led by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, forms the strategic depth of the Palestinian resistance against the occupying regime of Israel.
Deputy Chairman of Hezbollah’s Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq made the remarks in a meeting with the representatives of some Arab parties who were visiting Lebanon’s border with the occupied Palestinian territories.
“It has been proven that Israel is the true enemy of the Islamic Ummah, while Iran, led by Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei, is the strategic depth of the Palestinian resistance and is the number-one supporter of Palestine, Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the resistance in Gaza,” the Hezbollah official said.


-- Iran enriching uranium to 63%, says Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran has mastered a level of knowledge that it is enriching uranium up to 63%, and that it can enrich uranium at any percentage it desires.

Rouhani made the remarks while speaking at an inauguration ceremony unveiling the Defense Ministry plans. The president reiterated Tehran’s long held position that Iran’s nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes, saying production of nuclear weapons is unacceptable.

-- Iran donates 23,000 books to Afghanistan Science Academy

The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) has donated 23,000 books to the Afghanistan Science Academy. The books are in various subjects, including the Persian language, literature, society, politics, sociology and education, the NLAI announced in a press release on Monday.

In his recent visit to the NLAI, Gol-Ahmad Anvari, first secretary at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran, expressed his thanks for the donation.

--- Tourism minister appreciates efforts to revive 700-year-old complex

Iranian tourism minister on Monday praised efforts made to restore the Hassan Padeshah complex, which is located in the historical city of Tabriz.

“Restoration of this collection is a great and valuable work,” Ali-Asghar Mounesan said during a personal visit to the 700-year-old collection.

Located in East Azarbaijan province, the complex comprises a mosque, a madrasa, a bathhouse, arrays of shops, and a massive forum covering some twofold that of UNESCO-registered Imam Square in Isfahan.


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