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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Dec 26

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, December 26, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran’s exports to Russia exceed $1b for first time

An Iranian journalist said the country’s exports to Russia have surpassed $1 billion for the first time.
In a post on his Twitter account, Abdolrahim Ansari said that it has become possible for Iran and Russia to use their domestic rial and ruble currencies in bilateral trade instead of the US dollar.
“A system has been created, in which an Iranian buyer in our country can purchase Russian-made goods in Iranian rials and a Russian buyer in Russia can buy Iranian goods in Russian rubles,” he added.

-- Iran’s nine-month port operation up 15%

The loading and unloading operation of goods in Iranian ports rose 15.2 percent during the nine months to December 21, compared to the same period in the previous year.
As announced in a report by Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), loading and unloading of goods in the country’s ports reached 109.09 million tons in the mentioned period, while the figure stood at 94.72 million tons in the same period last year, IRNA reported.
During the said nine months, unloading and loading operations in the container sector reached 17.19 million tons, for dry bulk the figure stood at 35.01 million tons, in liquid bulk the figure was 3.05 million tons, while for general cargo (general and miscellaneous goods) it was 15.25 million tons, and for petroleum products, loading and unloading volume amounted to 38.59 million tons, the PMO report said.

-- Artifacts found in Liar Sang Bon site of Gilan Province to be displayed in Beijing

A number of ancient artifacts discovered in Liar Sang Bon, an archaeological site in Amlash, northern province of Gilan, will be loaned to the National Museum of Iran to be displayed at an exhibition themed “Secrets of the Ancient Persian Empire,” which is to be held in Beijing, China, said the deputy head of the province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization for cultural heritage affairs.
Vali Jahani told IRNA that the objects, dating back to the Parthian (247 BCE-224 CE) and Sassanid (224-651 CE) eras, have been unearthed during the archeological excavations carried out in Liar Sang Bon site from 2016 until now.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Two Iranians in IFFHS Men’s AFC Team of Year 2021

Hussein Kanaanizadegan and Sardar Azmoun were selected in the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) Men’s AFC Team of the Year 2021.
Kanaanizadegan, who joined Al-Ahli Doha in August, helped Persepolis win the Iran league title in the 2021 season.
Azmoun played a key role in Zenit success in the Russian Premier League and also stole the show in the UEFA Champions League.
Porto striker Mehdi Taremi and Kayserispor defender Majid Hosseini are included in the substitutes team.

-- Iran’s Exports to Russia Exceed $1bn

An Iranian journalist and social media activist has said the country’s exports to Russia have surpassed $1 billion for the first time.
In a post on his Twitter account, Abdolrahim Ansari said that it has become possible for Iran and Russia to use their domestic rial and ruble currencies in bilateral trade instead of the U.S. dollar.
“A system has been created, in which an Iranian buyer in our country can purchase Russian-made goods in Iranian rial and a Russian buyer in Russia can buy Iranian goods in Russian ruble,” he added.

-- Iran FM: Europeans Not Constructive in Vienna Talks

European negotiators in talks to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal through removing sanctions on Tehran presented no “new practical initiatives” and were not constructive in the last round that paused on Dec. 17, the Iranian foreign minister said on Thursday.
The negotiations will resume on Dec. 27, Russia and the European Union’s foreign service said earlier on Thursday, a day after the U.S. national security adviser said the troubled talks with Iran could be exhausted within weeks.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- 360-degree maneuverability of ballistic missiles is main feature of IRGC exercise: general

 Attack on enemy from all sides with a 360-degree maneuverability by ballistic missiles were the leading features of the last stage of the IRGC military exercise, IRGC aerospace commander Ali Hajizadeh boasted on Thursday.

The IRGC started a drill in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and southern coastal provinces of Khuzestan, Hormuzgan and Bushehr on Monday that lasted until Friday. Different branches of the IRGC were involved in the military exercise.

-- Loading, unloading of goods in ports up over 15% in 9 months yr/yr

Loading and unloading of goods in the ports of Iran rose 15.2 percent during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-December 21), as compared to the same period in the previous year.

As announced in a report by Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), loading and unloading of goods in the country’s ports reached 109.09 million tons in the mentioned period, while the figure stood at 94.72 million tons in the past year’s same time span.

-- Walkway to connect Cyrus the Great’s tomb to nearby caravanserai

 Visitors to the UNESCO-registered Pasargadae will soon find a special walkway that connects the tomb of Cyrus the Great to a nearby caravanserai, the director of the World Heritage site has said. “At this stage, a path with a width of approximately two and a half meters will be constructed from the entrance of the [majestic] mausoleum to the entrance of Mozaffari Caravansary,” Afshin Ebrahimi explained.

“Moreover, we plan to make a concrete flooring to connect the caravanserai to the current asphalt road.”

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