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Qatar, Iran Boosting Trade, “Benefiting from Blockade”

The move by Iran to increase bilateral trade with Qatar, following a Saudi-led blockade, has benefited the two countries, according to an expert. “Trade between Iran and Qatar increased by 117 percent in less than six months and it shows the short-term effect of this crisis and bodes well for both countries in the long […]

Saudi Reforms put Spotlight on Iran’s Women’s Movement

By Leila Alikarami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Saudi Arabia attracted significant media attention when it announced that it would finally allow women to drive as of June 2018. It was also announced later that women will be allowed into some of the […]

Iran, Qatar, Turkey to Hold Ministerial Meeting

The economy ministers of Iran, Qatar and Turkey are scheduled to hold a meeting to discuss the status of trilateral cooperation and trade. The trilateral meeting of Iranian Economy Minister Massoud Karbasian, Turkey’s Nihat Zeybekci, and Qatar’s Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani will be reportedly held in the near future. The three ministers are expected […]

Video: EU warns of ‘Dangerous’ Mid-East Escalation

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Europe’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini warns that the mounting tension between Saudi Arabia, Iran and their respective allies and proxies is “extremely dangerous,” which the European Union views as “proof” of the need of […]

Iran Oil Exports Record 8-Month Rise

Market figures show Iran’s exports of crude oil have reached the highest level since February. Figures released by Bloomberg show that Iran shipped 2.28 million barrels a day (mb/d) of crude oil to international markets in September. The rise came as Iran – together with Iraq that exported 3.98 mb/d last month – took advantage […]

Iran World’s Third Largest Natural Gas Producer

Iran has been named the worlds third largest natural gas producer in 2016, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA in its report said Iran had produced 190 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas last year which it said was 5.3 percent of world’s total. The agency in its report said the US […]

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement remains Mirage

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Attempts to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia have probably reached a dead end, an Arab diplomatic source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. The source added that a new path doesn’t seem to […]

Cargo Line Opened between Qatar, Turkey via Iran

Qatar has opened a land and sea cargo line with Iran and Turkey in a bid to reduce the Arab country’s cargo shipping costs by 80 percent, a report said. Former editor-in-chief of Qatar’s al-Sharq newspaper, Jaber Al-Harmi, said via twitter that the Persian Gulf Arab state has opened a land and sea cargo line […]

Iran, Turkey move to re-establish Role as Regional Backbone

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran and Turkey are among the oldest rivals in the Middle East. This rivalry between the former Ottoman and Persian empires has calmed in recent decades, yet, with the spark of the Arab Spring, the two […]

Saudi Arabia engages Iraq to Iran’s Dismay

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Pictures displaying Iran’s Quds Force commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani during the battles with the Islamic State stopped circulating online with the military phase that ended in the liberation of Mosul. The Iranian presence and […]

Trump’s Options on the Nuclear Deal with Iran

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. While President Donald Trump’s State Department has twice now certified Iranian compliance with the July 2015 nuclear deal, there are indications that Trump is intent on scuttling his predecessor’s signature foreign policy achievement. However, […]

New Trump Sanctions Against Iran – FULL LIST

The United States announced new sanctions against 18 Iranian individuals, groups and networks on Tuesday, over the Islamic Republic’s missile program. The move comes just one day after the Trump administration certified the Iranian government’s compliance with the nuclear deal. Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the new measures and said it will respond to the US […]

Saudi-led Qatar blockade brings Iran, Turkey together

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The power constellations in the Middle East are growing ever more complex. On June 5, Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off ties with Qatar, accusing it of […]

Qatar Says in Talks with Iran on Food Supplies

A Qatari official said Doha is in negotiations with Tehran and Ankara to secure its food and water supplies after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate (UAE) cut trade and diplomatic ties with the Persian Gulf Arab state. “We are in talks with Turkey and Iran and other countries,” said the official, speaking on […]

Rising Efforts for Joint Fields’ Development

Tehran needs to step up efforts to raise production from joint oil and gas fields and attract foreign investment in the key petroleum industry, said the spokesperson for the Majlis Energy Commission. We need to shift our focus to speeding up the development of shared oil and gas fields. Delays in attracting foreign technology and […]

Road ahead Unclear in Aftermath of Tehran Attacks

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. To ordinary Iranians, the threat of the Islamic State was never close enough to be thought of as a real concern — until June 7, when the group hit two monumental locations in the […]

Iran Opens Airspace to Qatari Flights

An Iranian civil aviation official said Qatari aircraft bound for Europe or Africa can fly over Iran’s territory as of Tuesday, after four regional Arab states decided to suspend diplomatic ties with the Doha government and suspend air transport with Qatar. An official at Iran’s Airports Company said on Tuesday morning that Qatari airlines, including […]

Video: President Rouhani dismisses Trump’s Comments

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani dismisses his US counterpart Donald Trump’s harsh comments on Iran during the summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia:

Iran Still Ranking Poorly for Press Freedom

By John Lee. Iran has risen four places in the World Press Freedom Index for 2017, but is still ranked just 165th out of 180 countries. The result puts Iran ahead of such countries as Saudi Arabia and Yemen, but behind Iraq and Libya. First place went to Norway, with North Korea coming last. Reporters […]

Why Region should prepare for long Saudi-Iranian Confrontation

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Ties between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been strained for years. Incidents such as the stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in 2015, in which hundreds of Iranian pilgrims were crushed to […]