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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Sept 4
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Saturday, September 4, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran welcomes investment in gas industry: Minister

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Javad Owji said, “We welcome any domestic and foreign investment for development of gas fields with the priority of maintaining the production of the South Pars gas field; as the current trend continues, we will become gas importers in the coming years.”
Speaking at a joint meeting with oil industry managers in the Pars Energy Special Economic Zone, Owji said the supply of fuel for the winter is one of the current priorities of the oil industry; it is predicted that we will face a 10 percent increase in gas consumption this Iranian year.

-- New power plants to join Iranian power grid by May

New power plants with a total capacity of 2,500 megawatts (MW) are planned to join Iran’s electricity network by the next summer’s peak consumption period (May 2022), said an official at Iran’s Thermal Power Plant Holding (TPPH).
According to Hamidreza Azimi, the TPPH deputy managing director for planning, the capacity will be provided by 17 power plant units which will be constructed by the government and the private sector investment, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Azimi pointed to an agreement signed with the Industry, Mine and Trade Ministry, saying: “A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was exchanged with the industry ministry for the construction of power plants for large-scale industries, according to which a permit for the construction of 10,536 MW of new power plants with an investment volume of six billion euros was issued.

-- Prickly pear tropical fruit flourishes in suitable climate of Darab, south Iran

The head of Darab Agriculture Jihad Department announced the successful cultivation of cactus opuntia plant, commonly called prickly pear cactus, in Darab, the southern Iranian province of Fars.
In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, Ahmad Reza Salehi predicted a bright future for the production of the crop as the climate of the region is suitable for growing these flowering plants, adding that the fruit of the cactus opuntia, as well as the plant itself, are highly favored among local people.  
Cactus opuntia grows well in regions with a tropical climate, Salehi said, adding that it is for the first time in the country that the plant is cultivated in the southern parts of Fars Province.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran Urges Afghan Sides to Exercise Restraint

 Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Friday urged all Afghan sides to exercise restraint and avoid violence and fratricide amid heavy fighting between Taliban members and resistance militia fighters in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, north of the capital Kabul.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is in constant contact with all parties and has made its utmost effort to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people,” he said. “We believe that lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan can only be achieved through genuine intra-Afghans talks without the presence and interference of foreign countries.”

-- FM: Iran Ready to Sell More Oil to Lebanon

Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday Iran is ready to sell more fuel to the Lebanese government and businessmen if needed, as an Iranian ship transporting fuel for the crisis-hit country entered Syria’s territorial waters.
In a phone call with Gebran Bassil, the former Lebanese minister of foreign affairs and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, Amir-Abdollahian said Iran sets no limitation to the expansion of mutual relations with Lebanon.
“The strategy adopted by the esteemed leader of Hezbollah to end this Zionist-made crisis against the Lebanese people confirms the fact that the path to Lebanon’s honor depends only on self-reliance and the use of its assets and resources,” he said.

-- Iran Beat Syria in 2022 FIFA World Cup

Iran edged past Syria 1-0 in the final stage of Asian qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday. Team Melli captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored an excellent Mehdi Taremi assist in the 56th minute at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.
Iran is scheduled to play Iraq in Doha in Group A on Tuesday.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iranian women go beyond the limits

The Iranian women have been amazing so far at the 2020 Paralympic Games with three gold medal they have won in three disciplines. They have written their names in the Paralympics history book.

Archer Zahra Nemati ended Iranian women’s title drought by winning a gold medal in the women's individual recurve W1/W2 in the 2012 Paralympic Games. She became the first Iranian woman to win a gold medal at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Nemati also seized a bronze medal in the women's team recurve in London. Four years later in Rio, she proved that winning a gold medal was not accidental and claimed her second Paralympics gold in individual recurve open and also took a silver at the team recurve open.

Nemati hit a perfect 10 in a shoot-off to win her third individual Paralympic gold in a row in Tokyo.

-- Iran reduces natural gas exports to Iraq

National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) has decreased natural gas exports to Iraq based on an agreement with the country and upon prior notification, the head of NIGC's Dispatching Department said.

"Natural gas exports to Iraq have decreased to 38 million cubic meters per day. This reduction has been done according to a six-month agreement with the Iraqi side and has nothing to do with their gas dues to Iran, although settling their debts is still on the agenda,” Mohammadreza Jolaei told Shana on Thursday.

Jolaei said Iran had notified the Iraqi side about this reduction two weeks ago and according to the agreement this amount of export cut will continue for up to six months.

-- English Graveyard to begin restoration work

Restoration work is scheduled to commence on the English Graveyard in the southwestern Bushehr province, the deputy provincial tourism chief has announced. 

As a tourist destination and historical site, the Qajar-era (1789-1925) cemetery will be open to the public once the project is completed, Nasrollah Ebrahimi said on Friday. 

“The project will be carried out in collaboration with Bushehr Municipality,” the official said.

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