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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 22

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, August 22, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran’s Armed Forces serve regional security: Ministry

Iran’s Defense Ministry highlighted the country’s remarkable progress in various military industries, saying the achievements of the Iranian Armed Forces serve regional security and stability.
In a statement released on Saturday in commemoration of the Defense Industry Day, the ministry added the Islamic Republic’s definite and unchanging strategy entails growing defense power and constant updating of the capabilities to effectively counter the enemies’ threats.

-- Iran’s monthly crude output up 28% to nearly 2.5 mbd: OPEC data

Latest data by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) showed that Iran continued to increase its crude oil output in July.
OPEC figures showed that Iran’s crude output reached 2.485 million barrels per day (mbd) on average in July, up 28% against the same month in 2020.
Quarterly output reached an average of 2.443 mbd in the quarter ending June, up against 2.214 million in first quarter this year, showed the figures.

-- Sangsari people’s embroidery, a heritage from ancient times

In the foothills and plains of the northern province of Semnan, there are many cities and villages inhabited by different nomadic and ethnic people. Mehdishahr, formerly known as Sangsar, is a city in the province.
The Sangsari are a nomadic people having historically lived in northern and central Iran. With regard to their language, traditions, herding customs and calendar, their history in Iran dates back to 247 BCE, chtn.ir reported.
It is certain that before that, the descendants of the Dahae tribes of the Dahestan region, east of the Caspian Sea, used the needlecraft motifs on their tools, decorative items and clothes according to their religious beliefs. In fact, one of the common arts in the area has been needlework.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- President Raisi Outlines Priorities Tackling COVID, Reviving Economy

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said Saturday his government will prioritize tackling COVID-19 and accelerating vaccinations ahead of an economic revival, as he defended his cabinet choices before parliament.
The principlist-dominated parliament began debating the lineup in the morning ahead of a vote of confidence expected later this week.
“The government’s first priority is controlling the coronavirus, improving the health situation and widespread vaccination,” Raisi said.
“The economy and the livelihood situation is the second” priority, he added, noting that his lineup is meant to bring about “justice and progress”.

-- Iran’s LPG Exports Near 2-Year High

Iran’s LPG exports are set to stay near two-year peaks of around 500,000 mt in July and August, meeting China’s voracious appetite for cheaper petrochemical feedstock given the increase in the number of its propane dehydrogenation plants, trade sources said.
The high volumes, which some sources estimate could exceed 500,000 mt, are expected to last through the end of 2021, driven by the increase in Iran’s LPG production and demand, sources said.
A Chinese source said more Iranian LPG was shipped into China this year, which could be due to the grade’s competitive price.

-- Iran Freestyle Team Claims Title of Junior World Championships

For the first time since 2015, Iran won the junior world team title and in style. With five gold medals, one silver and one bronze, Iran accumulated 178 points to win the top position in freestyle wrestling at the Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia.
Iranian wrestlers claimed three gold medals and one silver in the final day of the competition. Rahman Amouzad Khalili defeated Indian Ravinder 9-3 in the final match of the 61kg.
Amirhossein Firouzpour beat Rakhim Magamadov from France 10-0 in the 86kg final bout. And Ali Akbarpour defeated Lyova Gevorgyan from Armenia in the 125kg final.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iran following inappropriate behavior toward citizen in Sweden

Ahmad Masoumifar, Iran’s ambassador to Sweden, wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday afternoon that he is following up on the case of the beating of an Iranian national in a Swedish detention center.

He tweeted, “After 20 days of follow-up, I managed to meet the Iranian citizen in prison. Evidence of violence and violation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984) Articles 12, 1 and 16, Civil and Political Rights (1966) Articles 10, 9, 7 and 14 and the European Convention on Human Rights (1950) Articles 5, 3 and 7.”

-- Iran-Turkey annual trade anticipated to reach $10b by next March

The head of Iran-Turkey Joint Chamber of Commerce stated that the value of bilateral trade between the two countries is forecast to reach $10 billion in the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2020).

“Official Turkish statistics show that Iran-Turkey trade has been declining sharply since the second quarter of 2019, and the downward trend in trade with this country has continued until the second quarter of 2020. But since then, it has been on the rise and has increased in the first quarter of 2021 for the third consecutive season; In a way, we have witnessed a 53-percent growth in trade value between the two countries”, Mehrdad Sa’adat stated.

He mentioned gas and petrochemicals, raw materials and agricultural products as the major goods traded between the two sides.

-- New developments expected to boost hydro tourism in northern Iran

Five special projects, which are currently underway in Golestan, are expected to boost hydro tourism across the northern province, the provincial tourism chief has said. A budget of 5.6 trillion rials (about $134 million at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) has been invested in the projects, Ahmad Tajari announced on Saturday. 

Various potential areas for dams and water facilities have been identified across the province based on their capacities as tourism destinations, the official added. Covering a total area of 109 hectares, the mentioned developments are expected to generate 540 job opportunities upon their completion, he explained. 

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