The five Caspian countries have agreed on basic principles for security cooperation in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said on Friday, Trend reports.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received on Thursday the special representative of the Iranian president on Caspian Sea issues, Mehdi Safari, Trend reports referring to the state news agency AzerTAj.During the meeting there was an exchange of opinions on bilateral relations between the countries, cooperation in energy sphere and a number other issues.
The English-Dutch concern Royal Dutch Shell Plc has stopped supplying gasoline to Iran, but a company representative did not explain the reasons for it, reports the Associated Press. "We do not currently sell any gasoline to Iran," said Rayiner Winzenried, a Shell spokesman in The Hague.He declined to say when shipments were halted, and if the move was connected to the possible toughening of sanctions against Iran.
Azerbaijan has prepared a draft of an agreement taking into account the approaches of the Caspian countries and presented it during a Baku meeting of deputy ministers of foreign affairs of Caspian states, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said, Trend reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama has prolonged unilateral economic sanctions against Iran for another year
U.S. President Barack Obama has prolonged unilateral economic sanctions against Iran for another year, ITAR-TASS reports. In a letter to Congress, Obama said the authorities in Tehran “pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held talks on political and economic cooperation with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Wednesday, reports ITAR-TASS.
China is planning to expand its high-speed railway system to 17 countries, including Russia, Iran and Turkey. “Negotiations are going on with the respective countries and construction should be finished in 2025,” Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was quoted as saying by Interfax.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that U.S.-proposed sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program could trigger a war in the Middle East. The Brazilian leader told The Associated Press that sanctions could isolate Iran to such an extent that tensions could lead to conflict. "We don't want to repeat in Iran what happened in Iraq," Silva said.
The startup of the first Iranian nuclear power plant, being built by Russian specialists in Bushehr, will take place in 2010, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed on Tuesday, adding that adjustment and alignment works were continuing, RIA Novosti reports.
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami is not permitted to travel abroad, reports Trend referring to the news agency Fars.According to the agency information, a representative of the Security Ministry announced on Monday during a religious meeting that Khatami had intended to go abroad some time ago but was prohibited from leaving the country.
China thinks that the application of sanctions against Iran will not favour solving the nuclear problem, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PRC Yan Czechi, reports Interfax."We do not consider sanctions to be a possible way of solving the Iranian nuclear problem", - said the head of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday during the press-conference being a part of session of the National People's Congress (NPC, the superior body of the political authority in China).
The Iranian minister of Defense general Ahmad Vahidi said, that in the country started being manufactured in production quantities antivessel cruise missiles «Nasr-1", reports Trend referring to the news agency IRNA. According to Vahidi, a "Nasr" missile can destroy the vessel of 3000 displacement tons.The «Nasr-1» missile falls into the category of short-range missiles, it can be launched both from the land and from the vessel, but the missile can not be launched yet from aircraft or submarines.
Iranian state mass media have quoted the statement made by the president of the country Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who again questioned the facts, concerning the events in USA of September, 11, 2001 - reports BBC.Particularly, it is reported that, Ahmadinejad declared that the attack then was incited by the intelligence service, as a pretext for invading Afghanistan and start of the war on terrorism.
On March, 7 in Teheran University has started tarted the seminar "Prospect of security and cooperation in the South Caucasus", in the course of which will take place the exchange of opinions between the experts and politicians of the region, reports Georgia Online ("Грузия Online").
The chairman of the president of Turkmenistan’s state enterprise on the problems of Caspian Sea, Toyly Komekov, has been severely reprimanded "for unsatisfactory discharge of administrative duties and acknowledged shortcomings," Trend news agency reports.
Iran's proposal on synchronous exchange of low-enrichment uranium remains in force only as long as new UN Security Council sanctions are not brought against Teheran, the permanent representative of Iran at International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said in an interview with Iranian news agency Mehr, RIA Novosti reported.
The first methanol plant in the Caucasus is being in Baku by Iranian experts, with the 65-million-euro project already 60% complete, Iran.ru reports.
China expects the U.S. to take concrete steps to normalize bilateral relations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gan said on Thursday, the Voice of Russia news agency said.
The U.S. is circulating a draft of new and tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, Interfax said, citing a report in The New York Times. The new sanctions would involve the barring of deals with Iran in certain fields, a much harder line from the current sanctions, which call for UN members to exercise vigilance and restraint over arms, transport and banking relations with the Islamic Republic.
The Russian mission to the United Nations has not received any proposals from Western states on new sanctions against Iran, the RIA Novosti news agency said on Thursday, citing a Russian delegation source.