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Re-engagement with world at stake in Tehran election – Hardliners unite behind Raisi

ANKARA, May 16, (RTRS): Iranians vote for president on Friday in a contest likely to determine whether Tehran’s re-engagement with the world stalls or quickens, although whatever the outcome no change is expected to its revolutionary system of conservative clerical rule. Seeking a second term, pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, 68, …

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Ex-Prez Khatami endorses Rouhani – Missing reformists real heroes at rally

TEHRAN, May 14, (Agencies): Iran’s reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatami on Sunday endorsed President Hassan Rouhani in a video message, calling on voters to give him another term in this week’s election. “Mr Rouhani’s government has been a successful one, despite all the limitations, problems and the great expectations,” he said …

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Sunni leader endorses Rouhani – Turnout key for election

TEHRAN, May 13, (Agencies): A leading figure of Iran’s minority Sunnis endorsed moderate President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday ahead of this week’s election, despite the government’s “shortcomings”. Sunnis make up around five to 10 percent of Iran’s 80 million population, which is overwhelmingly from the Shiite sect of Islam. Religious …

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IRAN WARNS WILL HIT MILITANT HAVENS IN PAKISTAN

Saudi, Tehran ‘war of words’ threaten mutual destruction TEHRAN, May 8, (Agencies): Iran’s defense minister on Monday lashed back at Saudi Arabia, slamming the kingdom’s deputy crown prince over belligerent comments last week that underscored the deep rivalries between the Sunni and Shiite powers. In a wide-ranging interview, Saudi Prince …

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Rouhani’s detente policy criticised

EU courts Tehran to boost moderates before polls LONDON, April 30, (Agencies): Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticised President Hassan Rouhani for saying his detente policy with the West had caused the threat of war to fade as tensions intensify in Tehran before May election. Rouhani, a pragmatist …

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Plucking of Iran’s peacock feathers

IT is clear that the current American-Russian confrontation over North Korea, Ukraine and Syria in reality represents the reemergence of the map of interests based on the balance of power of the Cold War prior to the fall of the Soviet Union. This comes after Russia, under Putin, realized that …

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Iran opens new S. Pars gas field phases worth $20 bn

Output set to surpass levels of Qatar TEHRAN, April 16, (AFP): Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated five new phases of the South Pars gas field on Sunday, the result of some $20 billion in investment, local media reported. The ribbon-cutting of phases 17- 21 pave the way for Iran to …

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Iran completes long-awaited ATR deal – First delivery likely in days

PARIS, April 13, (RTRS): Iran secured a contract with a third Western aircraft supplier on Thursday since the easing of sanctions by completing a deal to buy 20 regional turboprops from Europe’s ATR, part of an effort to modernise the nation’s creaking fleet. After months of talks that required navigating …

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Ahmadinejad to run in elections – Presidential polls in May

TEHRAN, Iran, April 12, (Agencies): Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Ahmadinejad’s decision could upend an election many believed would be won by …

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Your turn will come too, Iran tells Gulf Arabs

DUBAI, April 9, (RTRS): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday condemned as “flagrant US aggression on Syria” a US missile strike on a Syrian air base this week and criticised Gulf Arab states for supporting it, state television reported. Rouhani called on Saturday for an impartial investigation of the suspected …

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