*** IRAN DAILY
— 25-year cooperation document, great window of opportunity
In March 2021, Iran and China signed a 25-year Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, and on Friday, during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to China, the agreement became operational.
The beginning of the implementation of this document should be considered a serious step toward improving relations and securing the interests of the two countries. Basically, any bilateral or multilateral agreement is defensible if it serves national interests.
The 25-year cooperation document includes a wide range of cooperation in different political, economic and cultural fields, the realization of which will surely have many benefits for Iran.
— Implementation agreements of 25-year pact with China to be signed in coming months: Minister
Iran’s economy minister said that the implementation agreements of 25-year pact with China will be signed in coming months.
Ehsan Khandouzi pointed to the recent meeting of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing, calling it a starting and promising point leading to the signing of agreements, ILNA reported.
“In next months, not only the generalities, but also the details of the agreements in the various fields will get underway,” the minister noted.
He said, “The 13th government is eager to enter into long-term agreements with other strategic partners, which will bear fruits in the next two to three years.”
— Several tourism projects to go operational in Bushehr Province
A large part of the projects, implemented to develop tourism infrastructures in Bushehr Province, are expected to become operational in the coming months, said the director general of the province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.
Mohammad Hossein Arastouzadeh said that the private sector is planning to make a significant amount of investment in the tourism sector of Bushehr Province, IRNA reported.
“This will help increase the accommodation capacity of the province by 80 percent”, he noted.
Referring to the great tourism potential in the province and the large number of people who travel to the region, especially during fall and winter, the official noted that the created capacity still cannot meet the needs of travelers.
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— Iran, Serbia Wrestling Federations Sign MoU
The presidents of the wrestling federations of Serbia and Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding on the expansion of bilateral cooperation.
Alireza Dabir, the head of Iran’s Wrestling Federation met and held talks with Nenad Lalovic, the president of the Wrestling Federation of Serbia in Belgrade.
Referring to the excellent cooperation between the two wrestling federations of Iran and Serbia, Dabir hailed the Serbian Wrestling Federation for hosting Iranian freestyle wrestlers in the 2021 U-23 World Wrestling Championship which was held from November 1 to 7 in Belgrade, Serbia.
— Iran Annual Petrochemical Production Capacity to Grow 100mn Tons
The head of Iran’s National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Morteza Shahmirzaei says the country’s petrochemical production capacity will rise to 100 million tons annually by the end of next Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2023).
Making the prediction in a meeting with the heads of petrochemical companies in Assaluyeh, southern Iran, Shahmirzaei added the country will have a bright future as it is moving toward development.
He said 68 petrochemical complexes having an annual nominal capacity of around 90 million tons are currently working in the country, reiterating that due to the outlined plans the production is expected to touch 100 million tons by late March 2023.
— Iran Looking for ‘Safe Channel’ to Repay UN Dues
Iran is once more trying to find channels to pay its dues to the United Nations despite sanctions by the United States to regain its lost voting rights.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been committed to pay for its membership on time and we have shown this in action before,” Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s permanent representative to the UN, said late Friday, adding that the country is looking for a “safe channel” to make its payment to the organization.
“Unfortunately, for a second year we are facing hurdles in making our payments and that is because of the cruel U.S. sanctions … the funds are there in our accounts abroad but can’t be accessed.”
*** TEHRAN TIMES
— “Daughter of Iran” director crowned best at Ammar Popular Film Festival
Seyyed Jalal Dehqani was picked as best director at the 12th Ammar Popular Film Festival for his drama “Daughter of Iran”, the organizers announced on Friday evening.The closing ceremony of the festival took place at the Andisheh Hall of the Art Bureau in Tehran as the jury said that no film deserved the best film award in the feature fiction category.
Established by a number of Iranian revolutionary figures, the Ammar Popular Film Festival has been named after Ammar Yasir, a close companion of Prophet Muhammad (S).
— MOU signed on building oil products transferring strategic pipeline
National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) signed a memorandum of understanding with Bank Mellat for cooperation in the construction of a strategic pipeline for transferring oil products in eastern provinces, Shana reported.
Valued at about €372 million the 948-kilometer-long pipeline is going to pass through Kerman, South Khorasan, and Khorasan Razavi provinces. The pipeline is projected to transmit 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) of petroleum products.
The MOU for the construction of the mentioned pipeline was signed on Saturday in a ceremony attended by senior officials including Oil Minister Javad Oji, Finance and Economic Minister Ehsan Khandouzi, NIORDC Head Jalil Salari, and Managing Director of Bank Mellat Reza Dolat-Abadi.
— Iwan-e Karkheh, a forgotten gem of Sassanid architecture
Once a prosperous gem of Sassanid urban setting and architecture, Iwan-e Karkheh is now a gatway to many ancient attractions in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province.
It is located near the UNESCO-registered Susa, the UNESCO-registered Tchogha Zanbil, and the UNESCO-registered Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, and is some 18 kilometers from the city of Dezful along the banks of the Karkheh River.
In the Elamite era, Karkheh was covered with palm groves and its woods were so famous that Ashurbanipal referred to it as the ’sacred Elamite woods’. The ancient city possibly has pre-Sasanian foundations, but the actual construction is attributed to Shapur I the Great (r. 240/42 – 270/72).
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