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Iranian, Russian FMs Discuss Bilateral Ties, Regional Issues

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian opposite number Sergei Lavrov have held talks on the sidelines of the Valdai Club Conference in Moscow.

Snowfall Blankets Oroumiyeh in Northwestern Iran

Snowfall in the northwestern city of Oroumiyeh in Iran’s West Azarbaijan Province has created dazzling winter scenes.

THAAD System to Fail When US Allies Hit by Hundreds of Missiles: Iran

A senior Iranian commander has referred to the failure of US-made missile defence systems in countering minor attacks on the US allies in the Middle East, saying they won’t help their owners when they are targeted by hundreds of missiles.

A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on February 19

IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Monday, February 19, and picked headlines from 23 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Search Operation Underway in Iran to Find Wreckage of Crashed Plane

Several search and rescue teams have been searching the mountainous regions near the Iranian city of Semirom where a passenger plane with 65 people on board crashed on Sunday, but the operation has been hampered by severe weather.

Iran FM Calls for Confidence-Building Measures in Persian Gulf

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the Persian Gulf states to work for the realization of “a historic paradigm shift” in the region through confidence-building measures.

Iran Parliament Urges Gov’t to Rethink Economic Ties with France, UK

Iranian legislators have called on the president to reconsider plans to forge closer economic cooperation with France and the UK in protest at their roles in passing an anti-Iran UN resolution.

US Sanctions on Iran’s Aviation Industry Killing Civilians

The Sunday crash of an Iranian ATR 72 passenger plane in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj, which claimed the lives of 66 people, has once again brought into the limelight the issue of unilateral US sanctions and their deleterious effect on Iran's transportation sector, especially the country’s civil aviation fleet.

“Jordan Trying to Assume Stronger Regional Role via Russia”

A senior political analyst and former diplomat says Jordan is seeking to take on a stronger role in the region through Russia, and the strategy has two key components: the Jerusalem al-Quds case and Syria.

Iran Says New Regional Alliance Needed to Replace GCC

An Iranian lawmaker has called for a new order for the Middle East, stressing that the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is no longer capable of resolving regional disputes.

Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack on Dagestan Church

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has strongly denounced a deadly terrorist attack on a church in Russia's Dagestan.

Meenakari; Unique, Ancient Art of Iran’s Isfahan

Meenakari or enamelling is the art of colouring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colours that are decorated in an intricate design.

“Iran Prepared to Mend Ties between Baghdad, Erbil”

A top aide to the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says Tehran will never withhold any effort to enhance Iraq’s national unity, and is prepared to enhance ties between Iraq’s central government and Kurdistan Regional Government

Iran’s Health Minister Appointed as WHO Commissioner

Iranian Minister for Health and Medical Education, Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi, has been appointed as the World Health Organization’s commissioner for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

Iran Urges UN to Appoint Rapporteur on US Human Rights Violations

Iran's High Council for Human Rights has accused the US of blatant racism and discriminations, calling on the UN to appoint a special rapporteur on the country’s human rights situation.

Resistance Front Won’t Allow NATO to Build Base in Mideast: Iran

Ali Akbar Velayati, an international advisor to Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, has ruled out the US’ presence in eastern Euphrates, stressing that the resistance movement will not allow NATO to establish a base in West Asia.

Erbil Developing New Protocol to Promote Ties with Tehran: PM

Kurdistan Regional Government’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says Erbil is looking for expansion of all-out relations with the Islamic Republic.

A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on February 18

IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Sunday, February 18, and picked headlines from 21 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Iran Calls for Formation of “Strong Region” through Collective Efforts

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Persian Gulf states need to work together to establish a “fresh regional security architecture” and what Tehran calls a “strong region”.

“India’s Interest in Closer Ties with Iran Only for Economic Reasons”

A senior political analyst is sceptical about India’s interest in development of its ties with Iran, saying New Delhi is just after securing the energy supplies it needs and gaining access to the region’s markets via the Islamic Republic.