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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 26

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


---Iran cautions Canada against political exploitation of Ukrainian plane incident

Tehran warned the Canadian government against political exploitation of the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane, saying Canada has no judicial qualification to issue unilateral and arbitrary
reports on issues within the jurisdiction of another country.
“Every aviation novice knows that the views of Canada as a consultant to Ukraine have been received and taken into account, and therefore, Canada is judicially unqualified to make unilateral and arbitrary reports or comments on air accident reports within the jurisdiction of another country,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said on Friday.

-- Natural gas accessibility in Iran hits 95%: President

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted his administration’s performance in the energy sector, saying natural gas is now accessible by 95 percent of the population across the country.
In comments on Thursday after inaugurating three major projects implemented by the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Rouhani said his administration’s success in raising the natural gas penetration rate in Iran to 95 percent may be unparalleled in the world.

-- Alamout Castle, a unique mountain fortress in Qazvin Province

Alamout Castle is located in the north of Gazorkhan Village, Roudbaar-e-Alamout area, northwestern province of Qazvin.
To reach the castle from Tehran, about 4km to Qazvin, you will see the sign of Alamout which shows an asphalt winding and mountainous road on the right side. Passing by some villages, you will reach Alamout Valley, which passes 8km away from the South of Ovaan Lake and it’s about a 2.5 hour drive; then you will reach Alamout area.


-- Islamic Group Slams U.S. Blocking of Resistance Outlets

The Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) has denounced the U.S. government for blocking the domains of some media outlets that are members of the union, saying such acts run counter to Washington’s claim of upholding freedom of speech around the world.
“The actions of the United States, which claims to uphold liberties and the foundations of democracy, are a source of surprise and have exposed their false claims and double standard in dealing with different media outlets,” the IRTVU said in a statement.

-- President-Elect Vows Collective Effort to Secure Region

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi has underlined the need for an end to foreign interference in regional affairs, stating that collective security and stability will be ensured once such an ideal realizes.
Speaking in a telephone conversation with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Thursday night, Raisi called for further promotion of Tehran-Doha bilateral ties.
He said collective security constitutes a key part of his incoming administration’s regional foreign policy doctrine, which can bring about peace and stability to the regional states and tranquility and prosperity for the nations.

-- Leader Receives First Dose of COVIran Barakat

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei received his first dose of a homegrown Covid-19 vaccine on Friday amid an effort by the country to speed up its vaccination rollout.
National TV showed Ayatollah Khamenei, 82, receiving the COVIran Barakat vaccine, developed by a state-affiliated conglomerate and approved for public use earlier this month.
Iran, with a population of 83 million, has recorded 83,588 deaths from coronavirus. The government of outgoing President Hassan Rouhani has blamed a so-far slow vaccination drive on U.S. sanctions hampering efforts to buy foreign vaccines and on delays in deliveries.


-- Iran calls U.S. seizure of Iranian media domains ‘shameful’

Reacting to the seizure of the domains of Iranian media websites, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday that the current U.S. administration is following exactly the path of the Donald Trump administration, which will only lead to a “double defeat for Washington”.

According to the Mehr news agency, Khatibzadeh called the U.S. move to block Iranian websites a systematic effort to undermine “free speech” at global level and silence independent voices by media.

Calling the continuation of these double standards by Washington “shameful”, Khatibzadeh said, "The current U.S. administration is following exactly the path of the previous U.S. administration, which will only lead to a double defeat for Washington."

-- Quarterly non-oil exports increase 69% yr/yr

The value of Iran’s non-oil exports reached $10.7 billion in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-June 21), up 69 percent compared to the last year’s same period, IRNA reported quoting the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).

According to Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi, Iran exported 30 million tons of non-oil commodities in the mentioned three months, registering a 38-percent rise compared to the figure for the last year’s Q1. Meanwhile, some 8.4 million tons of goods valued at $10.2 billion were also imported into the country in the said period to register a 34-percent rise in terms of value compared to the last year’s same quarter.

-- Ali Sadr Cave reopens to visitors as coronavirus curbs eased

Iran’s Ali Sadr water cave opened its doors to visitors on Tuesday after seven months of closure due to coronavirus.  Sightseers are required to observe strict health protocols associated with the virus, the manager of the site, Mehdi Majidi, announced.

An average of 600,000 people visit the ancient cave per annum, however, the figure dropped to about 80,000 tourists in the previous Iranian year 1399(March 20, 2020 – March 21, 2021), IRNA quoted as saying. Ali Sadr Cave revenue dropped to 30 billion rials ($714,000 at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) last year from 220 billion rials ($5.2 million) the year before, the official added.


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