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Iraq “must not be Reliant on Iran”

By John Lee. The UK’s foreign office minister for the Middle East has reportedly said that Iraq must wean itself off economic reliance on Iran and become more energy self-sufficient. On a visit to Iraq on Sunday, Alistair Burt (pictured) told Reuters: “To expect Iran to have no influence in Iraq is fanciful … What […]

What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq

By Bruce Riedel, Brookings Institution. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq The collapse of the shah’s government in Iran in early 1979 impacted the entire world but no country was more affected than Iraq. Saddam Hussein’s regime […]

7m Iranians, Iraqis Visit Each Other’s Country Annually

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the fact that each year, 7 million Iraqis and Iranians visit each other’s country is a sign of the two neighboring countries’ close ties. Speaking at a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Monday, attended by the chairmen of the Iraqi parliamentary factions, Zarif […]

Iranian Amb to UK summoned over Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has summoned the Iranian ambassador, Hamid Baeidinejad, to demand that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (pictured), the British-Iranian woman held by Tehran, is given proper medical treatment. The dual national, who was sentenced to five years in prison for espionage, has started a hunger strike after her interrogators tried to persuade her […]

Iran Drought: Lawmakers Fight over Water Share

By Ehsan Bodaghi for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran Drought turns Political as Lawmakers Fight over Water Share Eighteen lawmakers representing constituencies from the central Iranian province of Esfahan, where water scarcity has reached an alarming state, have […]

Iran “Seeks to Block Instagram”

By John Lee. Officials in Iran are reportedly trying to ban Instagram due to what it deems “immoral” content. According to Israeli news agency Haaretz, Twitter, Facebook and the encrypted messaging service Telegram are all already banned in Iran. Many Iranians use a virtual private networks (VPNs) to get around the ban. More here. (Source: Haaretz)

Health Minister Resigns

By John Lee. President Hassan Rouhani has reportedly accepted the resignation of Minister for Health Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi (pictured). Hashemi resigned following a disagreement over proposed cuts to health spending. According to Iran’s PressTV, Rouhani appointed Saeed Namaki as acting Minister. (Source: PressTV) (Picture credit: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

Iraq ‘Not Obliged’ to Abide by US Sanctions on Iran

Iraq’s foreign minister said that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade. On December 20, the US granted Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were re-imposed on the Islamic Republic in […]

Iraq offers to Mediate between Trump, Iran

By Laura Rozen for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Concerned that tensions between Iran and the United States could blow back onto Iraq, a senior Iraqi diplomat said today that Iraq would be willing to facilitate dialogue between […]

Iran Drops bid to transfer Millions out of Germany

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly dropped its request to transfer 300 million euros ($347 million) in cash out of Germany. The cash is understood to be held in accounts at the Iranian-owned trade bank Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH). According to AP, the US had been pressuring German authorities to reject the request due to concerns about […]

Closer Cooperation between Iraq and Iran

Iran Eyes Closer Cooperation with Iraq after Formation of New Gov’t Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi hailed the growing relations with Iraq and said Tehran plans to boost its cooperation with Baghdad after a new government is formed in the Arab country. “Our relationship with Iraq as a neighboring country is good and there […]

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Turkey “Not to Comply” with US Sanctions against Iran

Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Hakan Tekin deplored the US renewed sanctions against the Islamic Republic as illegal, saying his country will not comply with the move. “We will do our best to prevent Tehran-Ankara relations from being affected by the US sanctions against Iran,” Tekin who was in Ankara to attend at the 10th annual […]

Pompeo announces Creation of Iran Action Group

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the creation of the Iran Action Group. In a briefing Mr Pompeo said: The Iran Action Group will be responsible for directing, reviewing, and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity, and it will report directly to me. For nearly 40 years, the regime in […]

Tehran scores 4th Biggest Improvement in ‘Liveability’

By John Lee. Iranian capital Tehran has ranked as the city with the fourth biggest improvement in its ‘Liveability’, according to a report from the The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU). In the latest Global Liveability Index Vienna topped the list, with Syrian capital Damascus coming last. Published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), the […]

China to US: Ties with Iran Transparent, Lawful

China’s business ties with Iran are open, transparent and lawful, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after US President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States. China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and “long-armed jurisdiction”, the ministry said in a statement faxed to Reuters. The United States […]

Oman, Switzerland Offer to Mediate between Iran, US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that the country has received messages from Switzerland and Oman offering mediation between Tehran and Washington, but that no talks are currently underway between Iran and the US. “Of course, there are some messages from other countries to mediate (between Iran and the US),” Zarif said in an […]

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