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US imposes Iran-related sanctions on 16 entities

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US imposes Iran-related sanctions on 16 entities

The US Treasury Department has imposed Iran-related sanctions on 16 entities including Astan Quds Razavi and Barkat Knowledge-based institution as well as three individuals on Wednesday, according to the department’s official website.

The three individuals are Ahmad Marvi and Mohammad Mokhber, both from Iran, and Abd al-Aziz Malluh Mirjirash Al-Muhammadawi from Iraq, the statement said.

The US-Iran tensions have been running high for months following the Trump’s administration unilateral decision to pull out from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal inked under Barack Obama and began reimposing Washington’s sanctions that had been lifted under the agreement.

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Russian corona vaccine registered in Iran

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Russian corona vaccine registered in Iran

As Zarif said, Iran has approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine and plans to both import it and produce it, giving the Middle East’s worst-hit country a tool to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“The Sputnik V vaccine was yesterday also registered and approved by our health authorities,” Zarif said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow on Tuesday.

“In the near future, we hope to be able to purchase it, as well as start joint production.”

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Tehran, Yerevan to boost coop. in joint tech. projects

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Tehran, Yerevan to boost coop. in joint tech. projects

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Armenian Minister of Economy Vahan Karubian met and held talks with Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari so as to discuss the conditions for the development of the relations between the two countries in the field of technological infrastructure and scientific achievements.

Referring to Iran’s program and initiatives to return Iranian elites to the country, he said, “First, some mechanisms are provided for their return to the country. For example, by creating science parks, innovation centers, and innovation factories, we pave the way for elite activities in the country and then encourage them to return home.”

He went on to say that through this plan, in 3 years, 2,000 Iranian students, graduated from the top 100 universities in the world, have returned to the country.

Given that this model is closer to the culture of Armenia, it is certainly more applicable to the officials and managers of this country for the return of their elites. Iran is also ready to provide Armenia with its native model, Sattari said.

Sating that Iran owns the largest start-ups in the region specialized in the field of information and communication technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, stem cells, as well as about 50 science parks, he said, “Today, 98% of the medicine needed in the country are produced domestically by Iranian experts.”

He also expressed Iran’s readiness to assist Armenia in the development of new technologies.

Armenian Minister, for his part, welcomed the implementation of a joint project in the field of technology parks, saying that Iran enjoys high scientific and technological capacities, his country interested in using them.

Armenia seeks a program to repatriate its elites and educated people from all over the world. Therefore, elite return program implemented in Iran can be used in Armenia indigenously, he added.

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Iran-backed groups reject Saudi investment in Iraq

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced the groundwork for launching Saudi investments in Iraq, however the announcement was met with widespread rejection among Iran-backed Shia political circles and armed factions who expressed serious doubts about Saudi Arabia’s intention.

According to government sources who spoke to Arabic Post: “The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman are determined to move forward in paving the way for Saudi investment in Iraq.”

“A Saudi delegation will visit Baghdad in the coming weeks to discuss what the Iraqi government has achieved regarding facilitating Saudi investments in Iraq,” the sources added.

Al-Kadhimi has proposed discussing an understanding with the sides who reject Saudi investment in Iraq, in order to reach a solution that satisfies all parties, this includes Saudi investors paying “the political and armed groups as a settlement to allow their investments, but the Saudi side has not commented on the matter to date.”

Sources have also highlighted Saudi’s security concerns regarding its investments and projects, adding that Al-Kadhimi has pledged to overcome all obstacles, announcing his full approval of the investment project.

Saudi intends to farm one million hectares in the desert areas of four Iraqi governorates, namely the Muthanna, Anbar, Najaf and Karbala provinces. Shia political parties vehemently reject Saudi investment in Iraq in particular because they focus on Shia areas of the country.

A prominent leader in Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, also known as the Khazali Network, told Arabic Post: “We have doubts and security concerns about Saudi Arabia’s desire to invest in the Shia provinces, given the fact that our history with the kingdom is full of issues that had previously harmed the Iraqi people.”

However those in favour of the Saudi investment believe the Shia politicians’ concerns emanate from their desire to preserve Iranian investments in the country, which present Tehran’s main source of foreign currency, after the imposition of the US sanctions against it.

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