The latest news and views from Iran, the Middle East, and the world produced and published by IFP either using the contents provided by Persian-language media outlets or through its exclusive dispatches
Iranian deputy FM says Tehran seeks peace and stability, urges Armenia-Azerbaijan to talk
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs says Tehran favors lasting peace in the Caucuses region, following the resurgence of tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan Republic.
Iranian official meets with Syrian president in Damascus
Head of Iran’s Strategic Foreign Relations Council Kamal Kharrazi holds a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus for talks on issues of the two countries’ mutual interest.
Iranian foreign minister says to meet Saudi counterpart soon
Iranian Foreign Minister Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian says he will soon meet his Saudi counterpart, following the rapprochement deal between the two countries.
325 dead so far in car accidents during Nowruz trips across Iran: Police
A senior Iranian traffic police official says 325 people have so far lost their lives in road accidents during New Year trips across Iran since mid-March.
UAE says Iran-Saudi agreement benefiting whole region
The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates has welcomed the recent Iran-Saudi rapprochement deal, saying it is beneficial to the region.
Iran says ready for nuclear cooperation with Saudi Arabia
The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says the country will definitely engage in nuclear cooperation with Saudi Arabia.
Iran increases range of Bavar missile shield from 150km to over 300km
The commander of the Iranian Army’s air defense says its Bavar-373 missile shield’s range has been increased from 150 kilometers to above 300 kilometers.
Bahraini official: Tehran, Manama to resume flights in near future
A senior Bahraini parliamentary official says Tehran and Manama are set to resume direct flights in the near future, amid a thaw in troubled ties between the two sides.
Road accidents claim 271 lives in Iran amid Nowruz trips
A senior Iranian police official says so far 271 people have lost their lives during road accidents across Iran in the run-up to the New Year holidays.
Tehran’s Imamzadeh Saleh hosts people at turn-of-the-year moment
People gather at Imamzadeh Saleh, a religious site in northern Tehran, Iran, to observe the moment of the turn of the Persian calendar year, Nowruz.
Iranians usher in New Year by Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz
A large number of Iranians converged on the tomb of ancient lyric poet Hafez in his hometown Shiraz, southern Iran, to welcome the Persian New Year, better known as Nowruz.
Iranians gather en masse at Imam Reza Shrine to ring in Nowruz
Large crowds of pilgrims gather at the holy shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam, in the northeastern city of Mashhad to ring in the Persian New Year, or Nowruz.
Iranian FM says cooperation with world foreign policy priority
The Iranian foreign minister has highlighted Iran’s foreign policy priority of cooperation with the world, condemning a repetitious move by the European Union and Britain to impose sanctions on Iran.
Iranian official rejects Taliban claim about drug cultivation ban in Afghanistan
The director general of Iran’s drug control headquarters dismisses the Taliban’s claim that drug cultivation has been banned in Afghanistan.
Iran launches major development phase at Abadan refinery
Iran has launched the first section of the second phases of a major project for development and stabilization of capacity at its Abadan refinery in the country's south.
Shamkhani: Iran, Iraq design new mechanisms for payment of debts to Tehran
The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council says Iran and Iraq have come up with a new mechanism for Baghdad to pay its debts to Tehran.
Iran security chief: Powerful Iraq contributes to regional stability
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani says strategic cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad will guarantee security and progress of the region.
Official: Saudi King invites Iranian president to Riyadh
The deputy chief of staff for political affairs of the Iranian president says Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has invited President Ebrahim Raisi to visit the kingdom following the recent restoration of ties between Tehran and Riyadh.
Iranian FM says ready for talks with Saudi counterpart, three locations proposed for negotiations
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says Tehran has proposed to Saudi Arabia three locations for a meeting at foreign minister level.
Iranian MP: Bahrain and Iran will soon normalize ties
An Iranian member of parliament who recently traveled to Bahrain to participate in the 146th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) says plans are afoot by the two countries to normalize their ties.
Iranians celebrate Spring Festival ahead of Persian New Year, Nowruz
Iranians joined street celebrations across the capital, Tehran, to commemorate the annual Spring Festival, as they prepare for Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, which will start on Tuesday.
Volume of Iran-Oman trade increased by 100% in one year: Official
The head of the Iran-Oman Chamber of Commerce says the volume of trade between Tehran and Mascat has increased by 100% over the past year.
125 people killed in road accidents in 3 days ahead of Nowruz holidays
The head of the Iranian Police Traffic Control Headquarters says 111 road crashes have happened in the first three days aheadof the Nowruz holidays in Iran that have claimed 125 lives. Brigadier General Seyyed Kamal Hadianfar said 2,895 people have also been injured.
Iran’s security chief to sign border security agreement with Iraq
An informed source says Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani is visiting Iraq to sign a border security memorandum of association.
Iran says deal with Saudi Arabia to serve regional states
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani says the agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia to re-establish diplomatic ties can serve as a propulsion engine for movement toward regional stability.