Turkey, Iran Urge End to Terror in Syria
(Press TV) -- Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says
Tehran and Ankara agree on the need for reforms in Syria
and an end to terrorist acts in the Arab country.
“Fortunately, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey
share a common stance on the ugly issue of terrorism,
and both countries believe reforms on the basis of
democracy will solve the problems in Syria,” Larijani
said after his talks with visiting Turkish Parliament
Speaker Cemil Cicek here.
Larijani said officials of
Iran, Iraq, and Turkey have agreed to find a political
solution to the crisis in Syria, expressing hope that
Cicek’s visit will help settle regional issues.
Turkish parliament speaker, in turn, said the crimes
committed by Takfiri terrorists in Syria and other
extremists in the region are against Islam, human
principles and human rights.
Cicek arrived in Tehran
earlier on Saturday at the head of a high-ranking
parliamentary delegation upon an invitation from his
Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani.
During his two-day
trip, Cicek was to sit down with senior Iranian
officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, to
discuss ways of bolstering Tehran-Ankara relations as
well as the recent developments in the region,
specifically the crisis in Syria.
to Iran Umit Yardim highlighted Tehran’s standing in
Ankara’s foreign policy and called for the further
expansion of relations between the two neighboring
The Turkish diplomat made the remarks at a
Sunday meeting with Ebrahim Aqa-Muhammadi and Mansour
Haqiqatpour, two members of Iran’s Majlis National
Security and Foreign Policy Committee in Tehran.
Yardim pointed to the two-day trip by the Turkish
parliament speaker to Iran and expressed optimism that
the visit will consolidate the friendly ties between the
Haqiqatpour, for his part, pointed to
the numerous commonalities between Iran and Turkey and
called for the promotion of the interaction between the
national security committees of the Iranian and Turkish
Aqa-Muhammadi also underlined the need
for utilizing the existing potentials and opportunities,
particularly in the economic arena, for the promotion of
“The enhancement of relations between
Iran and Turkey, as two important countries in the
region, will play a key role in maintaining the security
and stability of the Middle East,” he said.
President Hopeful of Better German Ties
TEHRAN (Press TV) -- Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani has expressed hope that relations between the
Islamic Republic of Iran and Germany will further
Iran and Germany “enjoy age-old and cordial
ties”, Rouhani said in response to a congratulatory
message from his German counterpart Joachim Gauck.
hope these historical relations will further develop and
strengthen in all fields through better cooperation
between the two governments,” Rouhani said.
Iranian president said his administration will tap into
all its potentialities to engage in international
interactions, establish good relations with other
countries and play its “constructive role” in settling
the existing problems.
“To that end, the expansion of
relations with the German Federal Republic, as a
European Union country, is a priority of the Islamic
Republic of Iran’s foreign policy,” Rouhani said.
expressed hope that the two countries will work toward
reviving relations in areas such as industry and trade
which, as he said, have suffered unwanted restrictions.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
welcomed Rouhani’s overtures, expressing the readiness
of world powers for nuclear talks with the Islamic
"I welcome the new tone from Tehran,"
Westerwelle told Welt am Sonntag, the Sunday edition of
the German weekday Die Welt.
It leaves possible “new
movement” in negotiations between Iran and the West over
Tehran’s nuclear program, he said, adding, "We are ready
In an opinion piece published in The
Washington Post on Thursday, Rouhani urged world leaders
to "seize the opportunity" presented by his election to
respond to his administration’s efforts to engage in
“constructive dialogue” with the world.
Iran's presidential election on June 14 with 50.7% of a
total of over 36 million ballots counted.
Iran Condemns Terror Attacks in Iraq, Kenya
TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran's Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Sunday condemned the
terrorist attacks on a Shia neighborhood in the Iraqi
capital, Baghdad, and a shopping mall in the Kenyan
“Without a doubt, terrorists want
to throw Iraq into civil war and sectarian strife by
fostering religious conflict and inciting people,”
She offered condolences to the Iraqi
government and nation over the deadly car bomb attack on
Saturday in Baghdad’s Sadr City.
spokeswoman stated that terrorists are using such
“inhumane and brutal methods” to exact revenge on the
Iraqi government and nation and to obstruct the
democratic processes and national solidarity of the
At least 69 people have been killed and 120
others injured after two suicide bombers, one in an
explosives-laden car and the other on foot, targeted a
funeral in Sadr City north of Baghdad on Saturday.
Violence has surged across Iraq in recent months,
reaching its highest level since 2008.
the United Nations, more than 5,000 people have been
killed in violence in Iraq so far this year. The number
of casualties for Baghdad, the worst hit province, has
been 800 in August alone.
Iraqi Defense Minister
Sadun Farhan al-Dulaymi is expected to arrive in Tehran
on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and regional
developments with senior Iranian officials, specially
his counterpart Brigadier General Hussein Dehqan.
Al-Dulaymi will be heading a high-ranking delegation
during the travel to Iran, and his visit will take place
at the invitation of Brigadier General Dehqan.
Iraqi defense minister reportedly aims to consolidate
his country's defense ties with Iran during his upcoming
visit to Tehran.
The Iraqi army’s chief of staff as
well as the Muslim country’s ground force, air force and
navy commanders will accompany al-Dulaymi during his
visit to Iran, which will be his second since he was
appointed as Iraq's defense minister.
defense minister is also due to discuss regional and
international issues in his meetings with senior Iranian
Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties
ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator,
Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 U.S. invasion of the
The Iranian spokeswoman also
condemned an armed terrorist attack in a partly
Israeli-owned shopping mall in the Kenyan capital,
Nairobi, on Saturday.
Iran “rejects and strongly
condemns any act of terror in any part of the world
which targets the lives of innocents,” Afkham said.
Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said on
Sunday that at least 59 people have been killed and 175
other injured in an attack by Somali militants on a
Nairobi shopping mall as an unknown number of hostages
are still being held at the Westgate center.
Witnesses have reported as many as 20 attackers at the
scene, although other accounts said several gunmen were
involved in the assault.
Reformists Write Protest Letter to Obama
(Fars) – Thirty-one Iranian reformist parties, in a
letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, protested at
Washington's cruel sanctions against Tehran, and said
the White House should provide the ground for equal and
unconditional talks with Iran before any such meeting
can take place.
"We, as a major part of the reformist
and moderate parties in Iran and as representatives of
Iran's political and academic elites, voice our strong
protest at the continued imposition of new rounds of
blind and coarse sanctions against the Iranian people,"
the letter sent to Obama on Sunday said.
reformist parties called on the U.S. president,
congressmen, parties and elites to make their utmost
efforts to remove the sanctions against Iran and provide
the ground for talks between Tehran and Washington
without any preconditions and based on an equal footing
and mutual respect.
Meanwhile, a prominent Iranian
legislator lashed out at U.S.-led western sanctions
against Iran, saying the embargos have deprived the
European companies of the huge benefits that they could
earn from Iran’s abundant economic opportunities.
“The decision to impose economic sanctions against the
Islamic Republic of Iran has resulted in many lost
economic and trade opportunities for the European
companies,” member of the parliament’s National Security
and Foreign Policy Commission Vahid Ahmadi said in a
meeting with Slovenian Minister of Economic Development
and Technology Stanko Stepisnik in Slovenia.
senior Iranian lawmaker underlined that the EU member
states should drop compliance with the U.S. policies if
they intend to be independent.
Ahmadi pointed to
Iran-Slovenia relations, and said, “There are many
potentials in different fields for bolstering and
reinvigorating the bilateral ties in political, economic
and industrial fields and the two countries' parliaments
can facilitate this move.”
A delegation comprising
senior Iranian parliamentary officials is in Slovenia to
discuss expansion of ties and cooperation in meetings
with Slovenian officials.
Iranian lawmakers Muhammad
Baqer Ebadi, Muhammad Ali Abdollahzadeh and Halimeh
A’ali are accompanying Ahmadi during the visit to
Another Iranian lawmaker lashed out at the
western countries, especially the U.S., for imposing
illegal sanctions against the country, and urged all
Iranian companies, firms, banks, and bodies to sue the
West for "these baseless bans and embargos".
sanctions against the Iranian banks and companies were
imposed without any legal basis and merely based on
political objectives and the rulings for their removal
prove the illegality of these embargoes,” deputy head of
the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy
Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour said.
underlined the need for the removal of the sanctions
through legal and political channels, and noted that
Iran should file lawsuits against the unjust embargoes
with the relevant international bodies, urging the
foreign ministry to follow up the issue through
IRGC navy commander Rear Admiral
Ali Fadavi said the naval forces have grown so powerful
that the U.S. navy in the Persian Gulf has been made to
adopt a more precautionary strategy in the waterway.
"The Americans' long-term naval strategy was based on
giant warships before, but giant vessels and warships
are highly vulnerable to the capabilities of the IRGC
sea mines, high-speed vessels and missiles and this has
caused a change in the Americans' strategy and made them
choose smaller vessels," Fadavi said on the sidelines of
the annual military parades in southern Tehran on
He said that the United States' giant vessels
in the Persian Gulf have turned to a source of concern
for the Pentagon due to their low speed and large hulls
which keep them under radar and within the range of
Fadavi said U.S. troops take a
maximum level of precaution to avoid confrontation with
the IRGC navy in the Persian Gulf. "They take a lot of
care to avoid shooting even a single bullet, because if
any war breaks out, it will end with their complete
annihilation, as they themselves say."
'IRGC to Give Crushing Response to Any Threat'
TEHRAN (Fars) – Deputy commander of the Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hussein Salami
warned that the IRGC would give a crushing response to
any possible threat by the enemies.
will be a combination of initiatives, planning, wisdom
and application of the power that we have accumulated
and has been generated for intimidating and deterring
the enemies from pursuing ill-will,” Brigadier General
Salami said in a TV program on Saturday night.
commander stressed that the IRGC will give such a firm
and swift response to any threat that will make the
enemies repent their action.
“For example if we
intend to fire 1,000 missiles in war, we have surely
stockpiled 10,000 missiles and no one can measure the
limits of our power,” he added.
Salami reiterated that the bigger the enemy’s warships,
the better Iran’s radars can track them and the more
precise and the better the Islamic Republic’s anti-ship
ballistic missiles can hit and destroy them.
bigger the (enemy’s) warships, the more vulnerable they
will be because the IRGC’s coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea
missiles can hunt these big warships more easily,” the
IRGC commander said.