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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 20

Tehran, June 20, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday:


-- Foreign leaders, officials congratulate Raeisi’s presidential election win

Senior foreign officials, prominent figures, and regional resistance leaders offered congratulations to Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, after election results declared him as winner of Iran’s 2021 presidential election.
Raeisi received more than 17.9 million (almost 62 percent) out of the 28.9 million votes, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, Press TV reported.
Shortly after the early results were out, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials thanked the Iranian people for taking part en masse in the election and extended felicitations to the president-elect.

-- Iran’s two-month output of major industrial, mining products increases

The production of 32 major mining and industrial products increased in the first two months of the current Iranian year (March 21-May 21), compared to the same period last year, according to the Industry, Mine and Trade Ministry data.
The said products include all kinds of home appliances (washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners), passenger and heavy vehicles, and mining industry products including steel, copper, aluminum, cement and ceramic tiles.

-- Tang-e-Sayad and Sabzkuh Biosphere Reserve in southwestern Iran, a valuable collection of vegetation and animals

Tang-e-Sayad and Sabzkuh Biosphere Reserve, inscribed on UNESCO’s list, is located in southwestern province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari. The region covers an area of approximately 27,000 hectares. With a valuable collection of vegetation and animals, this biosphere reserve has received worldwide attention since 50 years ago.
To reach this biosphere reserve, you have to travel to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province and then to the city of Farrokh Shahr. After crossing Borujen Road, you will enter Sefid Dasht and reach Tang-e-Sayad Village.


-- Raisi Vows to Make Good on Campaign Pledges

President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi late Satruday lauded the “historic” and “passionate” turnout in the June 18 election, which he won overwhelmingly, vowing to make good on his campaign pledges and work to form an “active, revolutionary, and anti-corruption” administration.
“Yesterday, the world once again witnessed a great epic created by an upstanding nation, which opened a new page in modern history before itself with faith, insight and solidarity,” Raisi said in a statement, hours after he was declared winner of Iran’s 13th presidential election.

-- Report: 40 Shia Teens Face Execution in Saudi Arabia

Human rights activists have warned that Saudi authorities plan to execute dozens of teenagers from the kingdom’s Shia-populated Qatif region in Eastern Province over their participation in peaceful anti-regime protests.
Even though Saudi officials claimed last year to have halted the practice of executing people for crimes committed as a minor, the activists said, more than 40 teenagers face death penalty only because they took part in pro-democracy rallies in 2011, the Saudi Leaks news website reported.
The report comes less than a week after Saudi Arabia executed young Shia Muslim man Mustafa bin Hashim bin Issa al-Darwish, 26, who was convicted on charges stemming from his participation in an anti-regime protest as a minor.
Darwish was arrested in May 2015 and charged with protest-related offences, many of which occurred when he was 17. He was executed on June 15 in Dammam, a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Interior read.
Reprieve and Amnesty International said his confession was obtained under duress and that he recanted his confession, which he said was obtained through torture, in court.

-- Iran Has the Strongest Democracy in West Asia

The Islamic Republic of Iran has the strongest democracy in the West Asia region and Iranians determine the destiny of their country solely by participating in various elections, a political analyst says.
Sam Mahdi Torabi, the director of the Resalat Strategic Studies Institute of Qom, made the comments during Press TV’s The Debate program, which was aired on Friday night.
Iran is “the only country in the region where people matter at every level of governance, beginning from the supreme leadership all the way down to the local level. It is people who decide who runs the country and what policies are made for the future,” Torabi said.
“The whole Islamic republic is based on the participation of the people. … On all levels, the destiny of the country is determined by the vote of the people,” he said.


-- JCPOA talks continue as Raisi secures landslide victory

In what appeared to be a diplomatic miscalculation, the UN nuclear watchdog’s chief has said that an agreement with Iran should be reached after the outcome of Iran’s presidential election is announced. In remarks to Italian newspaper Repubblica, Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called on the diplomats involved in the Vienna nuclear talks to wait until a new government in Iran is formed. The Vienna talks are mainly seeking to revive a 2015 nuclear deal formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“Everyone knows that at this point, it is necessary to wait for the formation of a new government in Iran,” Grossi said in response to a question on the point to which the Vienna talks reached.

-- Agricultural, foodstuff exports bring Iran $896m of revenues in 2 months

– Iran exported over $896 million worth of agricultural and foodstuff products in the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-May 21), according to the Deputy Agriculture Minister Ahmad-Ali Keykha.

The official noted that about 1.974 billion tons of such products were exported to foreign destinations in the mentioned two months to register 20 percent and two percent growth in terms of weight and value, respectively. In the mentioned period, over 4.033 million tons of agricultural and foodstuff products worth $2.202 billion were also imported into the country, according to Keykha.

-- Alamut Castle: a visit to once impenetrable fortress of ‘Assassins’

Perched on top of a steep hill, Alamut Castle was once sheltering the followers of Hasan-e Sabbah (1070–1124), the spiritual leader of a heretical Ismaili sect that spawned the word ‘Assassins’.

Alamut Castle is situated on the northeastern side of Gazor Khan Village in the environs of Alamut, Qazvin province. While approaching the village, visitors should pass for nearly half along a narrow road surrounded by cherry and pomegranate orchards, until a mass of gray-brown rock looms from distance with fortifications perched atop a summit.

The access path to the fortress starts about 700m beyond the village square and requires a steep 25-minute climb via a stairway.

Meaning “eagle’s nest”, Alamut is a geographic region in the western edge of the Alborz Mountain range, between the dry and barren plain of Qazvin in the south and the densely forested slopes of the Mazandaran province in the north.


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