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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 24

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Tuesday, August 24, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran to unveil missile defense system outdoing S-400: Brigadier general

Iran will unveil the newest version of its homemade missile defense system, dubbed Bavar-373, that outperforms the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft weapons system, said an Iranian brigadier general.
The remarks were made by Mehdi Farahi, a former head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Organization, at a televised interview on Sunday night.

-- Iran-Afghanistan trade resumes: Customs official

Iran and Afghanistan have resumed trade exchanges as the tension in Kabul has eased, announced the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) on Monday.
According to Rouhollah Latifi, the trade between the two sides, which declined 15 percent over the past two months, is now back to normal levels.

 -- Yazd Province, hub of medical tourism in Iran

The central province of Yazd is known as the hub of medical tourism in Iran, said a member of the Assembly of Yazd Province’s Representatives in Parliament.
Mohammad Reza Sabaqian told Iran Daily that the province, especially the city of Yazd, enjoys a high capacity in the field of medicine, such that over 30% of patients referring to the province’s medical centers are from other parts of the country.
Referring to the high potential of the province’s medical facilities in the fields of treating infertility, cancer and cardiovascular and orthopedic diseases, he said many patients from far and near regions, especially Kerman, Hormuzgan and Sistan and Baluchestan provinces travel to Yazd to seek treatment.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran Ready to Ship More Fuel to Lebanon

Iran said on Monday it is ready to ship more fuel to Lebanon if needed, a day after the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement said more vessels carrying Iranian fuel would sail soon to help ease the country’s fuel shortage.
“We sell our oil and its products based on our own decisions and the needs of our friend. Iran is ready to send fuel again to Lebanon if needed,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said in an online weekly news conference.
“Certainly we cannot stand the suffering of the Lebanese people.”
On Sunday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the first vessel shipping Iranian fuel to Lebanon, which last Thursday the group announced was about to leave Iran, had already sailed.

-- Tehran, Tokyo Sign Deal to Speed Up Customs Clearance

IRICA chief Mehdi Mir Ashrafi and Japan ambassador to Tehran Aikawa Kazutoshi have signed a first document on customs cooperation as the two countries seek to speed up cargo clearance to help boost their future trade relations.
IRICA’s international cooperation office chief Hussein Kakhaki said that the deal, which he said has been based on models accepted by the World Customs Organization, would help Iran and Japan speed up customs clearance procedures.

-- Iran Runner-Up at Greco-Roman Junior World Championships

Iran Greco-Roman wrestling team has finished in second place at Junior World Championships. Iran won one gold, one silver and five bronze medals in the competition and became runner-up with 130 points.
Russia won five gold medals, one silver and one bronze and won the title with 183 points.
The Republic of Azerbaijan came third with 101 points. Amir Reza Dehbozorgi defeated Alimardon Abdellaev from Uzbekistan 3-1 in a slow-paced 55kg final.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Pakistan FM to visit Iran for Afghanistan talks

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi will pay a visit to Iran on Thursday to discuss developments in bilateral relations and Afghanistan, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, Khatibzadeh said that the visit will take place at the request of the Pakistani foreign minister on Thursday and will focus on bilateral issues and Afghanistan.  

“Iran, as a country that has made efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan, is consulting, and God willing, this trip will be in line with the continuation of friendly relations,” the spokesman added. 

-- Top Islamic philosopher Mohammadreza Hakimi dies at 86 

Mohammadreza Hakimi, a top Islamic philosopher who was most famous for his studies on social justice and individual freedom in Islam, died of heart failure at a Tehran hospital on Sunday night. He was 86.

A few weeks ago, he was admitted to the hospital to receive treatment for fatigue caused by COVID-19, Morteza Kia, one of his students, told the Persian service of ISNA. 

“The virus had also affected his kidneys so that he was hospitalized over the past few days and finally, he died of cardiac failure,” he added. 

-- Offering cement on commodity exchange, a right decision?

The market of cement, which is one of the most important constructional materials, has witnessed huge turmoil in Iran in the past three months, that has been unprecedented in the history of production and consumption of this product.

The price of cement, that was 2.2 million rials (about $52.3) per ton at the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (late March), fell to 1.2 million rials (about $28.5) in a period of less than three months, which led to the closure of ready-mixed concrete production plants and the cessation of concrete pouring in the constructional projects, and these closures continue.

The reason behind this condition is said to be offering cement on Iran Mercantile Exchange (IME), something arousing many debates.

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