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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Sept 8

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Wednesday, September 8, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran to keep borders with Afghanistan open for help: FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the country will keep its borders and border crossings with Afghanistan open to help the country get through the current situation, stressing that Tehran will continue its trade with Kabul.

The Iranian top diplomat made the remarks in a phone call with former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday.

Amir-Abdollahian further emphasized "the principled policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on dialogue between all [Afghan] groups to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan that represents the ethnic and demographic mixture of the country."

-- North Pars, Changloueh fields up for investment

Some 120 kilometers southeast of the southern Bushehr Province, Iran owns a gas field holding more than 57 tcf of gas in place. North Pars is among fields with high potential for investment. The field is estimated to require $16 billion in investment, including $5 billion in the upstream sector and $11 billion in the downstream sector, mainly liquefied natural gas (LNG)
plants.
North Pars was discovered in 1963 following implementation of 3D seismic testing. Then, six exploration, appraisal and development wells were drilled for the field development. Two foreign companies including Exxon were in charge of North Pars development. That was halted in 1979, Iran Petroleum reported.
At the time of its discovery, North Pars was the largest gas reservoir in Iran. Investment in North Pars was accelerated until the jointly-owned South Pars was discovered to become Iran’s top priority.

-- Omrani Castle of Gonabad in one of Iran’s driest deserts

Known as the best creation of God, humans are capable of adapting to nature better than other living beings due to their intelligence and talent,” said an Iranian archeologist and researcher.
Rajabali Labbaf Khaniki told ISNA that since ancient times, human beings have either migrated to a place of their choice, or built suitable homes for themselves and used available technology to create tools and equipment which helped them adapt to nature.
He said that in the past, people used architecture to build shelter, temples to perform religious ceremonies, castles and towers to defend themselves, wind-catchers and crypts to moderate the air, cisterns to store water, and caravanserais to have shelter and security on the road.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran Steel Exports to Afghanistan Resume

Steel exports to Afghanistan have resumed from Iran after a two-week hiatus which came in the wake of the Taliban’s whirlwind takeover of the country, a senior official of the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade (MIMT) said on Tuesday.
“Due to the Taliban war, steel exports to Afghanistan faced problems for two weeks, where trucks were stranded at the customs. The situation was very grave and drivers were not taking risks,” Seifollah Amiri, managing director of the MIMT’s mining industries office, told ILNA news agency.

-- Iranian FM Brands U.S. as Main Culprit in Breach of JCPOA

Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian says the Americans are the main party violating a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and have inflicted the most drastic harm to the accord, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran’s top diplomat made the remarks in a meeting with foreign ambassadors and diplomatic missions in Tehran, during which he explained about various aspects of the new Iranian administration’s foreign policy.
Elaborating on the Iranian administration’s position on the Vienna talks, which have been going on for a few months in the Austrian capital to revive the JCPOA following U.S. withdrawal from the accord, Iran’s foreign minister said, “The 13th Iranian administration believes in diplomacy as an effective tool and we will never distance from negotiations.”

-- Iran’s Most Historic Sea Event Completed

Commander of Iran’s navy Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said Tuesday that two ships the force sent around Africa to Russia have returned.
This “most historic military event at sea was completed with authority and success by sending a combat fleet consisting of the Iranian destroyer Sahand and the ship Makran that was able to end its mission and return home,” he said.
This shows Iran’s navy can be present anywhere globally, he told a news conference, celebrating the success of the fleet. “Iran is the only country that provides for its own naval security.”'

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Quds force chief: Tehran won’t allow developments in Afghanistan to harm Iran

Quds Force Commander Esmaeil Qaani has said Iran will not allow the developments in Afghanistan to “harm the security of the country,” a member of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee told the Mehr news agency in an interview published on Tuesday.

The remarks by Ebrahim Rezaei comes as the Iranian parliament held a closed-door session on Afghanistan on Monday during which IRGC Quds Force commander briefed the MPs about the developments in the country. 

“In this session, the commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC insisted that the Islamic Republic of Iran proved the ‘most prudent’ country and adopted good position” due to the “deep view” that the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has toward regional and international developments,” the MP added.   

-- Gas refineries fully ready for sustained supply in winter

Head of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC)’s Production Coordination and Supervision Directorate has said the country’s natural gas refineries are completely ready for the sustained supply of gas in the cold season, Shana reported.

Masoud Zardovian said the annual overhaul program of the country’s refineries is progressed over 65 percent, explaining: “During the first seven months of the year, an intensive overhaul program is defined and implemented at a specific schedule for the 18 gas refineries that are now operational so that we can get through the winter smoothly.”

“By implementing this program, which aims to maintain the system in an efficient condition, the reliability of the refineries will increase, and in this way, we can maximize the amount of processing and ensure that clean, safe, and efficient gas is supplied to various sectors,” he added.

-- Virus causes $119 million damage to tourism earnings of Iranian province

Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari has lost more than five trillion rials (about $119 million at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) in earnings from tourism as many potential visitors have stayed away from the Iranian province since the novel coronavirus restrictions began in early 2019.

“The tourism industry of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari has taken 5,685 billion rials hit from the coronavirus since the disease started spreading (in the country),” the deputy provincial tourism chief said on Tuesday.

“This amount of damage has suffered hotels, apartment hotels, inns, eco-lodges, guesthouses, travel agencies and tour operators, tour guides, roadside restaurants, and recreational centers, as well as tourism educational institutions and centers across the province,” Farjam Samiei explained.

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