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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on July 8

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

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Rouhani blames uncertainty on FATF for insufficient investments in Iran

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani blamed the recent blackouts in the country on the failure to finance major infrastructure projects, saying a lack of decision about the bills pertaining to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards will perpetuate the problems in banking relations.
Speaking at a Wednesday cabinet meeting, Rouhani added Iran’s banking interactions with the world would not be normalized, nor will any foreign and local investor be willing to invest in the country’s projects, as long as the Expediency Council has not settled the fate of the outstanding bills on FATF.

-- Iran’s Golestan province annual exports at $200m: Official

Deputy governor of Iran’s northern province of Golestan for economic coordination put the province’s exports at about $200 million a year and said the Central Asian and European countries are the main destinations for the products of the province.
In an interview with Iran Daily, Ebrahim Karimi referred to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on reducing the province’s exports, and said that this year, the province’s exports decreased by 40 percent due to the disease and closure of the Incheh-Burun border, which is one of the main gates of exports for the province’s products.

-- First bank of pottery and stone tools of Kurdestan opens in Hawraman

The first bank of pottery and stone tools of Kurdestan was inaugurated in Hawraman in the western province.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan and several officials on Tuesday.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- India, Iran Stress Need for Intra-Afghan Talks

The Iranian and Indian foreign ministers here Wednesday underlined the need for the promotion of intra-Afghan talks that will culminate in inclusive political participation of all parties in Afghanistan.
Muhammad Javad Zarif and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar made the call during a meeting where the Indian minister pointed to the ongoing talks between representatives of the Kabul government and the Taliban group in Tehran, and thanked Iran for its efforts to bring the two sides closer to a comprehensive political solution.

-- IRGC Receives New Modern Weapons

The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said Wednesday Iran is not a warmongering country but if attacked, it is Tehran that will determine the magnitude and quality of the confrontation.
“The enemies should know that it is us that would choose the battlefield and the intensity and quality of the battle. Of course, our strategy is defensive and we are not belligerent,” Major General Hussein Salami said during a ceremony to unveil new military equipment to join the IRGC Ground Force.
“Our policy is defensive, but our strategies are all operational, and that is a fact. We will not initiate a war, but after the first invasion, we will be offensive because we want to safeguard our territorial integrity,” he added.

-- Iran: Palestinians Have a Right to Resistance

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations says resistance against foreign occupation constitutes self-defense and that Palestinians have a right to fight the occupation of their land.
“Our longstanding legal position is that any resistance against occupation and foreign intervention in the exercise of self-defense cannot be considered terrorism,” Majid Takht-Ravanchi told the UN General Assembly’s session on Terrorism and Global Counter Terrorism Strategy.
“In this context, the Palestinian people have every right to resist the occupation of their territory by the Zionist regime,” he added.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Zarif says Iran stands with its ‘Afghan brethren’

Writing on his Twitter page, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran is happy to host talks between senior representatives from the Afghan government and the Taliban, calling them Iran’s “brethren”.

“Honored to be host of cordial & substantive dialog between senior Afghan reps. As foreign forces leave Afghanistan, no impediment remains for Afghans of all political stripes to chart a peaceful & prosperous future for the next generation. Iran stands with our Afghan brethren,” Zarif tweeted.

-- Mining exploration by GIS 16% more than sixth development plan targets

- Head of Geological Survey and Mineral Explorations of Iran (GSI) said his organization has carried out 16 percent more mining exploration in the county compared to the targets set for the Sixth National Development Plan (2016-2021), IRNA reported.

Referring to the targeting of 425,000 square kilometers of exploration in the Sixth Development Plan, Alireza Shahidi noted: "The performance achieved is 16 percent ahead of the plan, which indicates good productivity as a result of centralized, scientific and resource-oriented decision-making.”

“Despite all the restrictions and limitation [created by the U.S. sanctions and the pandemic], more than 490,000 square kilometers of exploration operations were carried out in this organization during the Sixth [National] Development Plan,” Shahidi said.

-- Royal palaces you must see in Tehran

Known for its cool climate and old plane trees, Tehran has long been a favorite of Iranian kings. A number of historical palaces can be found in the Iranian capital, which has always been a center of decision-making, power, and politics.

Several palaces date back to the Qajar-era (1789-1925), which were later restored and renovated, but some were destroyed and rebuilt in the Pahlavi period (1925-1979). Qajar palaces are simpler than those of the Pahlavi era, while Pahlavi palaces are more luxurious and modern.

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