Iran Kicked Off Large-Scale Aerial Military Exercise

TEHRAN, Oct 22 (NNN-TASNIM) – Iran’s Air Defence Forces began a large-scale military exercise yesterday, in different parts of the country.

In the air defence drill, codenamed “Guardians of Velayat Sky-99,” units from the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), also participated.

According to the report, Iranian fighter jets, bombers, homegrown drones, missile systems, radars, electronic warfare equipment, and communications systems, have been deployed in the war game.

Iran Supports Syrian Constitutional Committee In Peace Process: Official

TEHRAN, Oct 22 (NNN-IRNA) – Iran supports role of Syrian national constitutional committee, in the country’s political peace process, senior assistant to the Iranian Foreign Minister for Special Political Affairs, Ali Asghar Khaji, said yesterday.

“Building trust among members of the committee is the principled position of Iran,” Khaji was quoted as saying.

The Iranian official made the remarks at a meeting with visiting Russian President’s Special Syrian Envoy, Alexander Lavrentiev.

Iran Ready To Sign “Military, Security” Agreements With Gulf States

TEHRAN, Oct 20 (NNN-IRNA) – Iranian Defence Minister, Amir Hatami, said, Iran is ready to sign “military and security” agreements with the Gulf states.

Pointing to the importance of the Gulf security, Hatami said, any threat in the region, following normalisation of ties between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, will trigger Iran’s “direct and clear response.”

Iran has repeatedly urged regional cooperation, for the security of the Gulf region, noting, foreign military presence as the cause of insecurity in the region.

Iranian politician asks parliament to dismiss president

18 Oct 2020; MEMO: The head of the Iranian Commission of National-Security and Foreign-Policy, Mojtaba Zonnour, asked support from members of parliament to begin a dismissal investigation of President Hassan Rouhani, Anadolu Agency reports.

Zonnour made the request by claiming Rouhani is responsible for the problems in Iran.

He said studies for Rouhani’s dismissal is still underway.

US no longer an empire to create world order: Iran Official

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA -- Special aide on International affairs to the Iranian parliament speaker Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday that one of the characteristics of today's world is that the US is no longer an empire to create world order because it is facing many problems at home and abroad and is collapsing to zero.

Zarif's visit to China accelerates comprehensive strategic partnership

Tehran, Oct 17, IRNA – Iran's Ambassador to China Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh in a Twitter message described Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif's trip to Beijing as a timely accelerator to the comprehensive leadership partnership.

Zarif's visit has received millions of reflections in the Chinese public opinion despite some analysis, he said.

Following the close consultations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and China, foreign minister left for China on Friday, October 9, to meet with Wang Yi, a member of the State Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China.

Iran ready to help settle dispute between Azerbaijan, Armenia – FM Zarif

TEHRAN, 0ct 16 (NNN-IRNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a telephone conversation with his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on Thursday voiced his country’s readiness to help achieve sustainable peace and solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh region dispute within the framework of a regional initiative by Iran, Turkey and Russia, and the Minsk Group.

During the phone talk, the Azeri foreign minister elaborated on the latest battlefield developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Iran and US to conclude prisoner swap deal ahead of US elections

16 Oct 2020; MEMO: Iran and the US will reach a new deal to exchange prisoners ahead of the US presidential elections slated for November, the Jadeh Iran news site reported.

The site quoted sources stating that the deal would also include freeing $7 billion of Iran’s frozen funds by Washington.

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