Iran condemns the joint statement of four Arab countries

The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic, Abbas Mousavi, condemned the joint statement of four Arab countries about Iran.

Mousavi described the issues mentioned in the statement as “regressive, baseless, and unfounded claims” on Thursday, September 12.

After a summit in Cairo, a committee of the representatives of four Arab countries of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain issued a statement accusing Iran of “supporting terrorist activities and sabotage in Arab countries.”

 The statement condemns the use of Iranian ballistic missiles by Houthis of Yemen in their attacks against Saudi Arabia. The four countries also condemned the sabotage attacks on oil tankers near the UAE and the drone attacks by Houthis of Yemen against ARAMCO oil facilities.

 

 

Iraqi Airways suspends its flights to and from Iran

Due to the spread of coronavirus in Iran, Iraqi Airways announced that all its flights to and from Iran have been suspended.

Iraq’s Ministry of Interior issued a statement forbidding Iraqi citizens from traveling to Iran.

According to Iran International’s sources, so far 11 patients have died of coronavirus in Iran.

 

32 stores in Qom city punished for selling Valentine related items

The Qom city Judiciary announced that 32 stores in the city have been punished for selling Valentine related items. According to IRNA, these stores were identified as “promoters of anti-Islamic-Iranian culture” by the agents of the judiciary’s Reduction of Social Harms unit.

The statement made by the judiciary claims the punishment was due to the popular demand.

 

Trump: Senator Murphy might have violated Logan Act by meeting Zarif

President Trump, in response to the news of a secret meeting between Senator Murphy and Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic, said that that the meeting might have violated the Logan Act.

The Logan Act criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. It intends to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government's position.

Political prisoner Parisa Seifi on hunger strike

Parisa Seifi, a cultural activist from Kamyaran who was arrested during the November protests in Sanandaj, has gone on a hunger strike in protest to her continued incarceration.

She was arrested at her house by the security forces in November.

 

Political prisoner Mariam Akbarai Monfared was denied visitation

Political prisoner Mariam Akbari Monfared has been denied visitation in Evin prison for three weeks for objecting to the treatment of another prisoner by the guard. Monfared has been in prison for ten years.

According to HRANA, she was denied visitation without a disciplinary committee meeting and only because she objected to the bad treatment of a newcomer female prisoner.

A source close to Akbari Monfared said: Recently she objected to the problems that a newcomer prisoner and for that she was denied visitation.

Gita Horr, a November protester sentenced to six years in prison

Gita Horr, one of the protesters arrested in November in Iran who is currently being kept in Qarchak Varamin prison, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

According to HRANA, the revolutionary court presided by Judge Amuzad sentenced Gita Horr to six years in prison for “assembly and conspiracy against national security” and “propaganda against the regime.

Horr was arrested in November by the security forces in Tehran and transferred to Qarchak Varamin prison after 10 days of interrogation.