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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 […]

Washington sees Iraq as front for Iran Pushback

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. After the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun on April 4, followed by the US airstrike on a Syrian air base April 7, tension between Iraq and the United States […]

Iran, Iraq in Joint Naval Exercises

By Sara al-Qaher for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran, Iraq seek to send a message with joint naval exercises In conjunction with the military maneuvers of the Iranian-backed Shiite Popular Mobilization Units along the Iraqi border with Saudi Arabia on Jan. 4, former Iraqi […]

OPEC Deal seen as Victory over Saudi Arabia

By Changiz M. Varzi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian media praises OPEC deal as victory over Saudi Arabia After seven months of negotiations, OPEC agreed to cut production in order to boost the price of oil, while exempting Iran, Nigeria and Libya […]

How Trump can deal with Iran-GCC Conflict

While many aspects of President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy beliefs were murky on the campaign trail, one overarching theme stood out: that the United States has done far too much to underwrite free-riding allies the world over. “Our allies must contribute toward the financial, political and human costs of our tremendous security burden,” Trump declared […]

Saudi Arabia losing ground to Iran

By Bruce Riedel, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Saudi Arabia is losing influence throughout the Fertile Crescent to its rival Iran. While Riyadh’s position versus Tehran has been in decline for some time, the trend is accelerating. Saudi setbacks are partly due to […]

Egypt Denies Oil Minister’s Plan to Visit Tehran

An Egyptian oil ministry spokesman on Monday dismissed a recent report that the North African country’s oil minister plans to visit Iran to sign an oil deal with Tehran. Hamdy Abdel Aziz denied the report, saying that Cairo has contracted sufficient gasoline and diesel shipments to meet domestic demand for November, Egyptian media reported. It […]

Iran’s new challenge: The Islamic State in Persia?

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. When Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced on June 29, 2014, his self-styled caliphate, its borders were only about 20 miles from those of Iran. IS-controlled territory extended to the Iraqi border […]

How Syria is pushing Egypt and Iran closer

By Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Once again, Egypt and Iran appear to be heading toward rapprochement, with increasingly converging views on Syria bringing the two regional powers closer together. Tehran and Cairo have long followed a pattern of enthusiasm about […]

Is Turkey ditching Saudi Arabia for Iran?

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. In recent years, tension between Iran and Turkey has been rooted in differences over regional developments rather than bilateral disagreements. Indeed, if one reviews the exchanges between the two neighbors during the past two […]

Is Iran shifting its Policy toward Saudi Arabia?

By Hassan Ahmadian, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Saudi rulers’ refusal to offer a simple verbal apology was indicative of their ultimate impudence and shamelessness,” said Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sept. 5, addressing the families of the 464 Iranian […]

Will Iranian Pilgrims forsake Mecca for Karbala?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  Saudi newspapers reported Sept. 15 that Shiites are expected to replace their pilgrimage to Mecca with religious visits to Iraq’s Karbala (pictured) instead. According Al-Riyadh newspaper, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah […]

New Iranian Oil Companies to Be Formed Soon

The Deputy Head of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for Development and Engineering Affairs, Gholam-Reza Manouchehri, says once the new oil contracts are implemented, non-governmental oil companies will be formed. Manouchehri made the remarks in a meeting with the upstream oil and gas companies. He recalled Mina tragedy and said Saudis and their allies are […]

Iran Sold Poland 2m Barrels of Oil

Iran has sold a major cargo of crude oil to Poland, a move which could intensify rivalry with Saudi Arabia and Russia in supplying the markets of northern Europe. Mohsen Qamsari, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), has stated that Poland’s Grupa Lotos has bought 2 million barrels of […]