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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 23

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Monday, August 23, 2021:


-- Iran, Japan sign agreement on customs cooperation

The Japanese Embassy in Tehran said on Sunday that Iran and Japan have signed an agreement on customs cooperation.
The embassy said in its official Twitter account that the agreement was signed in the Iranian capital between Japanese Ambassador to Tehran Aikawa Kazutoshi and Chairman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi.

-- OPEC+ compliance at 109% in July: Report

The OPEC+ coalition achieved 109% conformity with its crude production commitments in July, down from 112% in June, according to an internal report prepared for the group’s Joint Technical Committee (JTC).
Compliance among OPEC members dropped to 116% last month from June’s 120%, while their non-OPEC counterparts scored an average compliance rate of 97%, steady on the month. The decline in OPEC conformity was driven by Saudi Arabia restoring the remaining 400,000 bpd tranche of an additional, unilateral 1 mbd cut that it made in February-April.

Riyadh began phasing back the 1 mbd in May. OPEC achieves its compliance figures by averaging out the production estimates of Argus and five other independent secondary sources.

--Heris carpet, globally appraised for its unique features

The city of Heris in the northeastern province of East Azarbaijan, located in the green and scenic areas of Sabalan Mountains, is one of the important centers of carpet weaving in Iran.
Heris carpet is one of the most famous hand-woven Persian carpets that has become world famous for its unique features. Many palaces in European and American countries are decorated with this carpet. It may be safe to say that the carpet is popular all over the world.


-- Ahmad Massoud Says Will Not Surrender To Taliban

The son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was one of the main leaders of Afghanistan’s anti-Soviet resistance in the 1980s, said he will not surrender areas under his control to the Taliban, Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Sunday.
Ahmad Massoud called for a comprehensive government to rule the country with the participation of the Taliban, adding that war will be “unavoidable” if the Taliban refuse dialogue, the TV channel said.

-- IRICA: Iran’s Agrifood Exports Rise 9%

Administration (IRICA) deputy chief Mehrdad Jamal Arvanaghi has said that exports of agrifood rose by 9% in the four months to July 22 this year compared to similar period last year despite sanctions facing the country as well as restrictions imposed at borders to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Jamal Arvanaghi said that Iran’s agrifood exports had reached a total of $1.7 billion in value terms in the first four months of the current calendar year.
Arvanaghi told the IRIB News that pistachio topped the list of agrifood export data-x-items from Iran over the period at $279 million, including $67 million worth of pistachio kernel shipments.

-- Iran Greco-Roman Wrestlers Win Four Medals at Junior World Championships

Four Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers claimed medals at the 2021 Junior World Championships. Iran made sure they get a Greco-Roman world champion as Amir Reza Dehbozorgi defeated Alimardon Abdellaev from Uzbekistan 3-1 in a slow-paced 55kg final.
In the 63kg bronze medal match, Iman Muhammadi defeated Manuel Stoica from Romania 9-0. Muhammad Hussein Azarmdokht beat Egyptian Emad Abouelatta 8-4 in the 77kg third-place match.
And Amir Muhammad Bayati defeated Nikolaos Ntouniafrom Greece 6-3 to win a bronze medal.


-- Iran’s women’s football team to play Uzbekistan

Iran’s women’s football team will play two friendly matches with Uzbekistan. Iran will meet Uzbekistan in Tashkent on Monday and face the team three days later.

Iran’s women’s football team prepare for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification. They are scheduled to meet Bangladesh and Jordan on Sept. 22 and 25.

-- Iranian artist says teahouse paintings appeal to foreign tourists

Iranian artist Narges Eshqi has said that foreign tourists find Iranian teahouse paintings more appealing than do her compatriots. As one of the few Iranian artists who have adopted this style, she showcased her latest paintings at Tehran’s Phi Café in an exhibition, which wrapped up on Sunday.

“Due to the unsteady place this style of painting has in the country and consequently, the lack of public access to the artworks created in this style, foreign tourists, collectors and lovers of this style are the target audience for Iranian teahouse paintings,” she said in a statement published on Sunday.

-- Agricultural export up 9% in 4 months on year

The value of Iran’s export of agricultural products has risen nine percent during the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-July 22), as compared to the same period of time in the past year, the deputy head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) announced on Saturday.

Mehrdad Jamal Orounaqi, the IRICA deputy head for technical affairs, said that over 2.5 million tons of agricultural products worth more than $1.7 billion has been exported in the four-month period.


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