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Iran, Switzerland hold New Round of Talks

Iran and Switzerland have held a fresh round of their bilateral political negotiations in Tehran. Given the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Swiss Confederations interest in the promotion of bilateral ties, the new round of comprehensive political talks was chaired by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Head of the […]

Most French Firms ‘Unable to Stay’ in Iran

Most French Firms ‘Unable to Stay’ in Iran due to US Sanctions: Minister French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that after the US imposes new sanctions on Iran most French companies would be unable to continue business in Iran because of problems over payment, also saying that the US cannot be the “planet’s economic […]

UK appoints New Trade Commissioner for Middle East

UK International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP has appointed Simon Penney (pictured on right) as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for the Middle East. The announcement was confirmed by Dr Fox on a visit to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he met government and industry representatives to boost trade and promote […]

Protecting EU companies in Iran

Following up on the informal Leaders’ Meeting in Sofia, as well as the Commission’s announcements of 18 May, the European Commission has adopted an update of the Blocking Statute and of the European Investment Bank (EIB)‘s External Lending Mandate. These measures are meant to help protecting the interests of EU companies investing in Iran and to demonstrate the EU’s […]

Video: Nuclear Deal ‘in intensive care’

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal meet in Vienna in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warns the deal has been put “in intensive care” by Washington’s dramatic withdrawal earlier this month. […]

US vows ‘Strongest Sanctions in History’ on Iran

By John Lee. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the Trump administration is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran, adding that the country would be “battling to keep its economy alive“. The full text of Mike Pompeo’s speech to The Heritage Foundation in Washington DC can be read below: MS […]

Trump pulls US out of Iran Nuclear Deal: FULL DETAILS

By John Lee. US President Donald Trump has said he will withdraw the United States from Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In a live statement, the President said: “I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting […]

Iran Nuclear Deal: Reaction from World Leaders

By John Lee. Following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, world leaders have been giving their opinions. Former US President Barack Obama said: “Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. “At a time when we […]

Rouhani Calls Trump’s Withdrawal “Psychological War”

President Rouhani Calls Trump’s Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal “Psychological War” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Tehran has adopted necessary measures to confront new anti-Iran pressures, saying that his US counterpart is launching psychological war and economic pressure on Tehran by announcing withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. “The Iranian nation will be […]

Video: Will US withdraw from Nuclear Deal?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. France and the United States have a long history that goes back centuries. From the American revolutionary war to the Statue of Liberty – the two countries have had strong cultural and political […]

Aiding Iraq in Reconstruction Iran’s Priority

Aiding Iraq in Reconstruction Iran’s Priority after Daesh Defeat: Defense Minister Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that following the defeat of the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group in Iraq, Iran’s priority in its cooperation with Iraq now is helping the Arab country in its reconstruction process. In a meeting with Iraqi […]

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Finnish Fast Food Chain Opens in Tehran

By John Lee. Finnish fast food chain Hesburger has opened an outlet in Tehran. The restaurant, in Tehran’s Pars district, is run by a local franchise entrepreneur. Hesburger CEO Kari Salmela said: “Iran has a market of 80 million customers, who don’t yet have access to Western burger restaurants … We see it as an […]

$21bn Capex for Iran’s Oil Projects by 2021

Almost $21 billion in capital expenditure (capex) will be spent by Iran on oil projects between 2018 and 2021 to ensure that production grows to around 4.9 million barrels per day in 2021, according to leading market research and analysis firm GlobalData. The region will have 66 fields producing liquid hydrocarbons by 2021, of which […]

Iran offers Russia €3bn Rail Electrification Projects

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly proposed rail electrification projects worth 3 billion euros to Russia. Alexander Misharin (pictured), Russian Railways First Vice-President, has said the projects include electrifying 3,000 kilometers of rail lines. He told Russia’s Sputnik news agency: “Three-thousand kilometers, a big project. We agreed to sit down at the negotiating table and […]

Iran “Keen to Invest” in Zimbabwe’s Private Sector

By John Lee. Iran’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ahmad Erfanian, has reportedly said that several private companies from Iran were holding discussions with their local counterparts regarding business opportunities in Zimbabwe. He said in an interview in Harare: “We believe that with the new [administration led by President Mnangagwa], a lot of opportunities opened up in […]

What’s behind Iran’s massive Capital Flight?

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A prominent Iranian member of parliament’s recent statement about a significant outflow of capital from the country has raised eyebrows. Commenting on the foreign exchange fluctuations in March, parliamentary economic commission head Mohammadreza Pourebrahimi said some $30 […]

Iran, Russia discuss Increased Cooperation

Top officials from the parliaments of Iran and Russia met in Tehran on Monday to coordinate policies for closer cooperation and enhanced economic relations between the two countries under a framework of parliamentary interaction. Speaking at a joint press conference in Tehran with Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali […]

$27bn needed for Steel Development

Platts reports that Iran’s steel industry needs about $27.4 billion in new investment to achieve a target of 55 million mt/year of production capacity by 2025. The data, from the Iranian Steel Producers’ Association, says about $16.4 billion is needed for infrastructure projects, with around $10 to be invested directly into steelmaking and raw materials […]

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Iran eyes $4bn in Developing two Oilfields

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says Iran expects to generate a total of 4 billion dollars by developing Aban and West-Paydar oilfields that it shares with neighboring Iraq. Addressing a ceremony to sign a contract to develop the two fields here in Tehran on Wednesday, the official said oil recovery from the two fields […]

Gas Executive becomes UK Ambassador to Iran

Mr Rob Macaire CMG has been appointed as the UK’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran in succession to Mr Nicholas Hopton, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Macaire will take up his appointment in April 2018. Mr Macaire rejoins the diplomatic service following five years as Director of Government/Public […]