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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on July 12

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

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Zarif urges EU top official to clarify position after Slovenian PM anti-Iran remarks

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Sunday to clarify the Union’s position following recent anti-Iran statements made by Slovenian prime minister.

Zarif made the call during a telephone conversation Sunday evening with Borrell one day after Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa took part in a hybrid physical and virtual meeting organized by the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), held at their camp in Albania, and raised unfounded accusations against the Islamic Republic.

-- Navy commander: Regional maritime security center to be launched in Chabahar port

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said an international maritime security coordination center will be launched in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar.
According to a decision made at the 7th edition of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), which was hosted by France from June 28 to July 1, the center will be launched for the Indian Ocean rim countries, enabling them to exchange information aimed at ensuring maritime security, Khanzadi said in a televised interview on Saturday night.
He added that it is the first such center in the region and the regional states can dispatch their representatives to the center in Chabahar port.

-- Cumulative gas extraction from South Pars Field exceeds 1.8tcm

Over 1.8 trillion cubic meters (tcm) of natural gas has been produced from the giant South Pars Gas Field in southern Iran since the beginning of the field’s development up to March 20, according to Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) which is in charge of developing the huge gas field.
As announced by the POGC, the total amount of gas production from the South Pars field, which Iran shares with Qatar in the Persian Gulf, reached 1,867 billion cubic meters from the beginning of operation until the end of the previous Iranian year (March 20).

-- Chehel Sotoun Garden in Isfahan, one of the most fascinating monuments of the world

Persian garden reflects the rich knowledge of architecture, irrigation, and agriculture used by Iranians during long periods of history.
It is omnipresent in Persian literature, music, and painting, preserving a special place in Iranians’ unconscious. Persian gardens, generally rectangular in shape and enclosed within high walls contain symmetrical trees, water channels, and stone fountains.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Leader’s Letter of Thanks Sent to Palestinians

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s office has sent a letter to Palestinians living in refugee camps in Syria, conveying to them his gratitude for the congratulatory message they sent to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution following Israel’s defeat in its latest war on the besieged Gaza Strip.
In a letter to chairman of Iran-Palestine Friendship Society Muhammed al-Buhaisi, deputy head of the Leader’s office for international relations Mohsen Qomi conveyed Ayatollah Khamenei’s message of gratitude.

-- Iran’s Rapidly Emerging Naval Power

In 17th century Iran, when the Safavids built a naval force, the Portuguese intruders quaked, and were finally driven away from Hormuz in the strategic strait of the same name, and from other occupied Iranian ports and islands of the Persian Gulf.
Bahrain also returned to motherland Iran, while in the next century, Karim Khan Zand sent some six thousand Iranians via the Indian Ocean to assist Hyder Ali Khan, the Sultan of Mysore, to defend his realm against the British colonialists in the Deccan, southern India.
The Qajars, however, grossly neglected the defence of the marine waters of Iran, and never learned from their blunder of handing over to Britain the control of the Persian Gulf and even vital ports and islands, such as Bushehr, Khark, etc.
In the Caspian Sea, Czarist Russia after occupying Daghestan and the northern parts of Azarbaijan, virtually held in ransom the coastal cities of Mazandaran and Gilan, because of the lack of navy by Iran.

-- Scholars Association Warns Against Desecration of Al-Quds

 The Palestine Scholars Association (PSA) has warned of a massive break-in by Zionist settler groups at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Al-Quds, urging Muslim worshippers to gather in large numbers to defend the holy site.
In a press release, Nasim Yassin, Deputy Head of the association said that Zionist settlers intend to desecrate the compound en masse on July 18, on the anniversary of the alleged destruction of the Second Temple, the Palestinian Information Center reported on Sunday.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Quarterly aluminum ingot output rises 30%

 Production of aluminum ingot in Iran rose 30 percent during the first quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-June 21), as compared to the same period of time in the past year.

The country’s aluminum ingot output stood at 131,376 tons in the three-month period of the present year, while the figure was 101,202 tons in the same time span of the previous year, data released by the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) showed.

As previously announced by IMIDRO, the production of aluminum ingot in Iran rose 61 percent during the previous Iranian calendar year 1399 (ended on March 20) compared to the figure for the preceding year.

-- Restoration begins on historical caravanserai in Saveh

 A restoration project has been commenced on Shah Abbasi caravanserai in the village of Aveh, near Saveh, the central province of Markazi. The project involves replacing worn-out bricks, repairing some damaged rooms as well as flooring, Saveh’s tourism chief Reza Ayyaz said on Sunday.

A budget of 200 million rials ($4,700 at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) has been allocated to the project, which is scheduled to come to an end within two weeks, the official added.

-- Industry, energy ministries to ink MOU for building power plants

 Iranian Ministries of Energy and Industry, Mining and Trade are going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) within a week for collaboration in constructing 13 power plants for industrial units across the country.

“This week or during the next week, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between the two ministers of industry and energy to start the construction of 13 power plants for industrial units across the country,” Deputy Industry Minister Saeed Zarandi told Mehr News Agency on Sunday.

“Since earlier this year, the Industry Ministry, on behalf of the industrial sector, started seeking a permit for building 13 power plants. We held several meetings with Tavanir [Iran's Power Generation, Distribution, and Transmission Company] and the Energy Ministry and proposed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the ministry. We also sent a letter to the Energy Ministry last week to expedite the issuance of the permit,” Zarandi explained.

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