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Iran mulls referendum over nuclear deal: Rouhani

Jun 06 2019
Iran
Source: 
Alaraby
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani suggested that the country might hold a referendum over its controversial nuclear programme.

Iran’s president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country’s nuclear program amid the unravelling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday.

Damascus rejects Arab Summit’s criticism of Iran’s presence in Syria

May 31 2019
Iran
Syria
Source: 
AMN Al-Masdar NEWS
The government in Damascus has rejected the final statement of the Arab emergency summit held in Saudi Arabia, which criticizes what it called “Iranian intervention” into Syrian affairs, AP reports.
 
Damascus said the statement was an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Syria.
 

Qatar attendance at Saudi summit raises prospect of detente

May 29 2019
Iran
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Source: 
The Guardian
A possible US-backed thaw in Qatari-Saudi relations has been signalled by Qatari diplomats travelling to Saudi Arabia to lay the ground for their country’s attendance at a major summit in Mecca on alleged Iranian aggression in the region.
 
Qatar’s attendance will be seen as the biggest rapprochement between the two countries since the Saudis launched a sweeping economic and political blockade against the gas-rich country two years ago, accusing Doha of trying to undermine Saudi Arabia, fund terrorism and promote the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East.

Can Oman pull the US and Iran back from the brink of confrontation?

May 22 2019
Iran
Oman
Source: 
TRTWORLD
Oman's goodwill and relationships with the Muslim world and the West could prove vital, as they have historically, to ensuring that US-Iran tensions don't boil over.
 
Against the backdrop of escalating tension in Iran’s relations with the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah went to Tehran on May 20. 
 

Tehran University Students Protest Against The Compulsory Veil

May 13 2019
Iran
Source: 
Women committee NCRI
Hundreds of students of Tehran University held a major protest on Monday morning, May 13, 2019, against renewed efforts to enforce strict compulsory veiling rules on female students.
 
Female students of Tehran University extensively and actively participated.
 
Students gathered on campus and chanted, “Students die, but will never succumb (to oppression).” Students carried placards which read, “Freedom of choice is our inalienable right.”
 

Iran tells Europe to step up and save nuclear deal

May 22 2018
Iran
Source: 
Reuters

Iran poured scorn on threatened U.S. sanctions on Tuesday and told European powers to step up and salvage its international nuclear deal - though Germany signaled there was only so much it could do to fend off Washington’s economic clout.

Senior Iranian military and political figures queued up to issue defiant statements a day after Washington threatened “the strongest sanctions in history” if Iran failed to make a series of sweeping changes.

Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal

May 13 2018
Iran
Source: 
BBC

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has begun a diplomatic tour to seek assurances that signatories to a landmark nuclear deal will back it despite its abandonment by the US.

Mr Zarif said on his first stop, China, that he hoped to secure a "clear future design" for the agreement.

The US will re-impose sanctions on Iran and firms dealing with it could be hit, angering signatories like France.

President Hassan Rouhani said he hoped Iran could stay in the agreement.

Iranian Supreme Leader Foresees Better Future

Mar 15 2018
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined on Thursday that he believes that a better future is waiting for Iran and the Iranian nation.
"There is a youthful, hardworking and vibrant movement in the country which has consolidated my belief in a better future for Iran more than ever," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a meeting with the Chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Thursday.

Iran ministers survive impeachment vote

Mar 14 2018
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Three government ministers have retained their posts after facing impeachment at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis).

On Wednesday, the Parliament (Majlis) impeached Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Hojjati.

Those submitting the plan for his impeachment had argued that he had failed to properly advance devised development plans, and attached more importance to imported agricultural produce rather than domestic cultivation.

Iran roads minister survives impeachment

Mar 13 2018
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi has survived an impeachment bid by the Parliament after securing a vote of confidence from lawmakers.

Akhoundi attended an open session of the Iranian Parliament on Tuesday for his third impeachment since he took the helm in August 2013.

In the session, the minister secured a vote of confidence with 92 lawmakers out of a total of 246 favoring a no-confidence vote, 152 opting against such a vote and 2 abstaining.

Iran’s Parliament begins impeaching ministers

Mar 13 2018
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

The Iranian labor minister has secured a vote of confidence during a hearing session at the Parliament (Majlis) on his alleged mismanagement, as the legislature begins an impeachment process involving three cabinet ministers.

The parliament held a hearing session on Tuesday to discuss the performance of Ali Rabiei, who faced charges of mismanaging unemployment and other government enterprises.

The session began with speeches by six of the protesting lawmakers, and continued with Rabiei’s address in his defense.

Mullah cleric says no for referendum in 'religious democracy'

Feb 17 2018
Iran
Source: 
The Baghdad Post

Mashhad’s firebrand Friday prayer leader hardline Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda says there is no room in Iran for a referendum, Radio Farda reported on Saturday.

Chiming in with others close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Alamolhoda reacted to President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion for holding referendum to settle disputes in the Iranian society.

Alamolhoda said that suggesting a referendum is tantamount to supporting a secular democracy.

Alamolhoda stressed that it is only the Supreme Leader who can call for a referendum.

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