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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 14

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, August 14, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Raeisi: Iran facing no obstacle for allocating forex resources to vaccine imports

Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said the country is faced with no obstacle for allocating foreign
currency resources to importing COVID-19 vaccines.
Concurrent with efforts to increase production of homemade jabs, vaccine imports have also gained greater momentum, the president added on Friday in an address to a meeting of the specialized committees of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus.

-- Iran’s steel output target of 55m tons per year well within reach: Report

A report showed a steel output target of 55 million tons per annum is well within reach for Iran as the country seeks to become the world’s seventh largest steel producer by 2025.
The Thursday report by IRNA showed that Iran had already reached an annual steel production capacity of 39 million tons while the government aims to finish projects in the upcoming years that could add another 16 million tons to capacity.

-- Restoration of Idris-e Nabi’s tomb in Khuzestan underway

The restoration of the tomb of the Prophet Idris (Idris-e Nabi) in Khuzestan is underway, announced the southwestern province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department on Friday.
Located in Khuzestan’s Chogamish, the architecture of the mausoleum belongs to the Timurid Period (circa 1370–1507 CE).

Dezful’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, Mehdi Chenari, referring to the collapse of parts of the monument that occurred last year.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran Urges Taliban to Ensure Safety of Diplomats

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Friday urged the Taliban to ensure the safety of its diplomats and staff at its consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat, which the Taliban has said it has captured.
“Considering (the) Taliban’s dominance over the city of Herat, we draw their serious attention to ensuring the complete safety and health of diplomats and diplomatic facilities,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Twitter.
Western embassies and aid agencies began evacuating civilian staff from Afghanistan on Friday after the Taliban said it had captured Herat and another big city in an advance that has raised fears of the collapse of the U.S.-backed government.

-- Iran Climb Up Five Spots in FIFA World Ranking

Iran national football team climbed up five places in the table in the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday. Iran has moved up to 26th in the ranking. Japan still remains the best team in Asia and has moved up to 24th.
Iran earned four wins in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification in June, beating Hong Kong, Cambodia, Bahrain and Iraq.
Belgium remained unchanged at top of the table, followed by Brazil, France, England and Italy.

-- Report: Iran’s Annual Steel Output to Reach 55mn Tons

A report shows a steel output target of 55 million tons per annum (mpta) is well within reach for Iran as the country seeks to become the world’s seventh largest steel producer by 2025.
The Thursday report by the official IRNA news agency showed that Iran had already reached a steel production capacity of 39 mpta while the government aims to finish projects in the upcoming years that could add another 16 mpta to capacity.
The report cited output figures from Iran’s downstream steel sector that showed the 55 mpta steel output target would delivered in 2025.
The figures showed that Iran will reach a capacity for production of 52 mpta of sponge iron, or what is technically known as direct reduced iron (DRI), to ensure steel mills across the country would have enough feedstock to meet their output targets.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

--FIFA President extends condolences on passing of former Iran midfielder Azizi

 FIFA President Gianni Infantino sent his condolences to the Iran Football Federation and to the family, friends and loved ones of Alireza Azizi. Former Iran midfielder Azizi passed away at the age of 72 in Tehran on Aug. 7.

“On behalf of the international football community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Iran Football Federation, and to his family, friends and loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of you. We hope that these memories and our words of support may help bring some peace and solace at this difficult time” FIFA President Infantino said in his condolence message to Iran.

Azizi was a member of Iran national football team who won 1976 AFC Asian Cup title in Tehran. The Abadan-born player started his club career in 1972 with Homa and joined Persepolis after three years.

-- 400 idle industrial units revived since late March

 The head of Iran Small Industries and Industrial Parks Organization (ISIPO) announced that 400 idle industrial units have been revived in the country since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21).

Speaking to the press on the occasion of National SMEs Day, Ali Rasoulian said reviving the mentioned units have created jobs for over 5,291 people, IRNA reported. According to Rasoulian, there are currently over 48,000 industrial units based in the country’s industrial parks and zones of which about 83 percent are active.

--- Five Iranian provinces selected to hold special celebrations on World Tourism Day

Five Iranian provinces, as representatives of flourishing and traditional travel destinations, have been selected to hold special celebrations on the World Tourism Day.

"The [six-day] celebrations are scheduled to be held in the provinces of Ardabil, Kordestan, Kermanshah, Kerman, and Fars as representatives of new and traditional travel routes in the country," the deputy tourism minister, Vali Teymouri, announced on Wednesday. 

Over the past couple of years, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts has tried to take the advantage of important events such as World Tourism Day to help introduce lesser-known destinations and draw the attention of local authorities and people to the importance of tourism, Teymouri explained.

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