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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (November 18, 2010)

The Washington Post published an article "Obama to push for Senate vote on new arms treaty with Russia". It says that President Obama will push for ratification of a nuclear-arms treaty with Moscow by year's end despite Republican opposition, the White House said Wednesday, setting up a political clash over a pact that the administration sees as crucial for U.S. foreign policy. Vice President Biden has called the treaty vital to U.S. security, since it allows the world's two nuclear giants to inspect each other's stockpiles and ensure there is no secret escalation.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will participate in the third summit of the Caspian states in Baku to discuss the legal status of the Caspian Sea, ecology, construction of Trans-Caspian pipelines, water transport on the Caspian, Azov and Black Seas and economic cooperation.

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Feysal Mardasi, Iranian Deputy Trade Minister and head of the NationalCarpet Center, said in an interview with ITNA that carpet export keepsrising and by the end of the Iranian year (March 2011) its value willreach $500 million, Iran.ru reports.In the first seven months of this year (March 21 - October 22) exportsreached $311 million, which is by 32% more compared with the sameperiod last year.Mardasi said that demand for carpets produced by machinery and theprices for hand-made carpets have risen recently.

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Azerbaijan and Iran signed a memorandum on energy and transportcooperation in Baku on Wednesday, AzerTag reports.After an extended session between the governments of Azerbaijan andIran the ministers of foreign affairs of the two countries, ElmarMammadyarov and Manuchehr Mottaki, signed the memorandum.

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According to the plan of tourism development, Armenia aims to see 3million tourists annually in 2030, compared with the current 600,000,head of the department for tourism management and territorial economicdevelopment of Armenian Ministry of Economy Mekhak Apresyan said at apress-conference, Panarmenian reports.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the summit of the Caspian region countries in Baku, RIA Novosti reports.Relations between two countries became tense after Russia supported UN sanctions against Iran in June, and then refused to export the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to the Islamic Republic.

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The presidents of Turkmenistan and Iran, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, agreed on "intensification of mutually beneficial partnership in fulfilling major projects aimed at the prosperity of both countries", Trend reported on the 17th of November. The initiator of the conversation was Iran. The presidents wished each other a happy Kurban Bayram, the sacred fest for all Muslims of the world. They also discussed significant questions of international and regional policy.

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The Washington Post published an article today headlined "Iran says foreign planes violated its airspace". On Wednesday Iran announced that unidentified foreign planes violated its air space six times, as the country kicked off its biggest-ever air defense drill, but that the intruders were intercepted and forced back by Iranian jets, the author reports. The remarks by Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the exercise, were the first Iranian claim of an intrusion. Initially, he had only said that foreign reconnaissance planes had approached Iran's air space.

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Azerbaijan begins to export gas to Iran granting free resources

On Wednesday Iran and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum on mutual understanding in the sphere of energy and transport.After an extended session a memorandum on mutual understanding in the sphere of energy and transport was signed by the minister for foreign affairs of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mamedijrov, and of Iran, Manuchehr Mottaki.According to the State Committee on statistics of Azerbaijan, in January - September 2010 turnover between Iran and Azerbaijan amounted to $167.26 million, $ 76.87 million imported from Iran and $90.39 million exported to Iran.

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President of Azerbaijan meets President of Iran

On Wednesday Baku held an official welcoming ceremony for the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A guard of honour met him on a square decorated with the national flags of both countries. The head of the guard of honour reported to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Ilham Aliyev heartily welcomed his guest. The head of the guard of honour reported to the President of Iran. The national anthems were played. The President of Iran greeted the soldiers of the guard of honour.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Iran says that unidentified foreign planes violated its air space six times as the country began an air defense exercise, but that they were intercepted and forced back by Iranian jets.The remarks by Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the exercise, are the first Iranian claim of an intrusion.

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President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived on an official visit to Azerbaijan on Wednesday, the national agency AzerTAg reports. A guard of honour met him at Heidar Aliyev international airport, decorated with national flags of Azerbaijan and Iran.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was welcomed by first Vice Premier Jagub Eubov and other officials. Children in national costumes handed him flowers. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and first Vice Premier Jagub Eubov held protocol talks.

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According to the US Energy Information Administration, the value of exports of Iranian crude oil for the first 10 months of 2010 grew by 37%, compared to the same period last year, Iran News cites the news agency Fars.During this period, the value of exports of Iranian crude oil production exceeded $59 billion, while in the previous year the figure was $43 billion. Iran's oil revenues for the entire 12 months of 2009 amounted to more than $53 billion, while in the current year Iran earned $6 billion more than that sum in the first 10 months alone. 

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