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US Targets Thai Company Supporting Iranian Airline

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Thailand-based My Aviation Company Limited for acting for or on behalf of Mahan Air, an Iranian airline previously designated for supporting Iran’s terrorism activities.  The action today was taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support […]

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 […]

Officials Discuss Ways to Broaden Iran-Syria Trade

Top Iranian adviser Ali Akbar Velayati and Syria’s Prime Minister Imad Khamis in a meeting in Damascus discussed ways to enhance economic cooperation between the two allies. In the meeting on Monday, the Syrian prime minister said Damascus tries to remove obstacles to the implementation of the agreements it has signed with Tehran. Syria welcomes […]

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Iran to Repair Syria’s Power Grid

Iran has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Syria to repair the Arab country’s power grid, a report said. The agreement was signed on Tuesday during a visit by Syria’s electricity minister to Tehran, SANA news agency reported. According to the terms of the deal, Iran will build a power plant in Syria’s coastal […]

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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 […]

Iran’s Exports to Syria Double

The total value of Iran’s exports to Syria over the first four months of the current Iranian year (which started on March 21, 2017) has doubled compared to the same period last year, a senior official at the Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) announced. During the first four months of the last Iranian year (March 20, […]

Iran, US set for proxy clash on Syrian-Iraqi Border

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  As the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) continue their operations in the western areas of Mosul, some PMU factions reached the Syrian border May 29 and were met by Syrian […]

US tries to Control pro-Iran Factions in Mideast

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  US mulls how best to Control pro-Iran Factions in Mideast As the administration of US President Donald Trump looks ahead to a post-Islamic State (IS) status in the […]

How US strikes could bring Tehran, Moscow closer

By Saeid Jafari for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s relationship with Russia has always been characterized by a mix of hope and dread. While one faction in Tehran wants to expand ties, another faction has been traditionally concerned […]

Iran reaping Economic Rewards in Syria?

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have signed major economic contracts with Syria, reaping what appear to be lucrative rewards for helping President Bashar al-Assad regain control of parts of his country. Five memorandums of understanding were reportedly signed during a visit by Syrian Prime Minister Emad Khamis […]

The Russian-Iranian Alliance that wasn’t

By Hamidreza Azizi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Oct. 28 in Moscow hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Walid Moallem, respectively, to discuss the latest developments regarding Syria and to coordinate action […]

Ayatollah Warns Trump Not to Repeat Previous Mistakes

A senior Iranian cleric warned US President-elect Donald Trump not to repeat previous mistakes made by American leaders or else he would face the same predicaments as they did. “If you (Donald Trump) want to pursue the same crazy approach, you will have the same fate as former US presidents,” Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers leader […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moscow and Tehran in ‘Strategic Cooperation’

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, spoke to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Aug. 16 about the security and military developments in the region and Iran’s growing relationship with […]

Russia bombs Syria rebels from Iran base for first time

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Russia has used a base in Iran for the first time to launch air strikes in Syria. Its long-range bombers conducted raids on ISIL and Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham strongholds from the Hamedan base […]

Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan to create new Gas Cartel?

By John Lee. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the opening of the tripartite Russia-Iran-Azerbaijan summit in Baku that Russia and Iran already develop gas fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea (Shah Deniz), while Azerbaijan is building a gas pipeline to Europe (TANAP). In response to a question from Pravda.ru, Ruslan Tankayev, correspondent […]

FT: Iran looks to Iraq and even Syria for Trade

The Financial Times reports that Iran finds Iraq to be a big market for its domestically produced goods, including fresh milk, antibiotics and cement. Yahya Ale Eshaq, head of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, told the newspaper: “Iraq needs everything, which makes it the best market for Iranian-made goods … “We can work with European […]

Why Iran still doesn’t trust Russia on Syria

By Abbas Qaidaari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On June 10, Iran hosted the defense ministers of Russia and Syria at its own Defense Ministry. The stated aim was to exchange views and discuss the “war on terror.” This time, unlike previous […]

Is Iran becoming a Major Regional Arms Producer?

By Abbas Qaidaari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has been host to a special military and defense industry exhibition since March 5. Among the various countries displaying their goods, China has been particularly active. However, the perhaps most noteworthy […]