Taliban delegation in Tehran

 

According to reports, a Taliban delegation has met with Islamic Republic of Iran's officials in Tehran. The members of the Taliban political office arrived in Tehran after they visited Moscow.

Last week President Trump announced that the talks between the US and Taliban are dead after the terrorist attack by the Taliban in Kabul.

Minister of Islamic Guidance: Average reading in Iran is 13 minutes

The minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of the Islamic Republic of Iran warned about the drop in the average time of reading in the country. Salehi said on Monday: “Currently, the reading average in the country is almost 13 minutes, while the average use of the Internet is 169 minutes and watching TV is 72 minutes.”

The low number of public libraries, books, and cultural infrastructure have been mentioned as the reasons for this decrease.

International Chess Federation investigates Iranian players avoiding facing Israeli opponents

The International Chess Federation (Fide) told Iran International that it is reviewing the issue of Iranian players avoiding playing against Israeli opponents.

Fide told Iran International that the issue has been raised in the meeting of the federation’s executives and said the federation is obligated to punish such practices. The International Chess Federation also mentioned that in most cases Iranian chess players do not make these decisions by choice and said the punishments will be in a way that will not negatively impact the lives of chess players or put them in harm’s way in Iran.

In the youth world chess championship games in India, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaei refused to face an Israeli opponent. Before that, Arian Gholami also refused to play against an Israeli opponent and dropped out of the competition.

Bahareh Zare Bahari: Manila police is trying to deport me to Iran

Bahareh Zare Bahari, Miss Iran in China’s Miss Globe pageant says the Manila airport police is trying to deport her back to Iran.

Bahari participated as Miss Iran in the last year’s Miss Globe pageant in China, and in January 2019, she participated in the Miss Intercontinental pageant in the Philippines. She says the Iranian police and embassy have pressured the Philippines, where she studies medicine, to deport her back to Iran.

 

175 percent increase in price of land in Iran during the Spring

Iran’s Center for Statistics announced that during the Spring of 2019, the price of land has increased by 175 percent. According to the report, the cost of rent from the Spring of 2018 to 2019 has gone up by 35 percent. The price of residential apartments has increased by 110 percent.

 

 

UAE releases $700 million of Iran’s frozen funds

An Iranian MP announced that relations between the Islamic Republic and the United Arab Emirates are improving and the country has just released $700 million of Iran’s frozen funds.

Akbar Torki added: “UAE has distanced itself from Saudi Arabia and the United States and it is amending its relations with Iran.”

Last week, Rouhani’s chief of staff also announced that the relations between Iran and Emirates are “slowly changing” and Saudi Arabia has also slowly moved away from “hostile relations.”

After being shut down for a while, Iranian currency exchange businesses in Dubai have also reopened. 

Sweden has arrested an Iranian suspected of espionage

Swedish newspapers reported that Swedish security police arrested a 46-year old Iranian man on the suspicion of espionage for Iranian Intelligence organizations seven months ago.

According to the report, this individual was arrested in connection to several assassination plots in Europe. The person’s name has not been revealed but according to the report he exited Iran almost 10 years ago and is a Swedish national. He was working as a journalist in Sweden.

In September of 2018, Denmark security police closed the connecting bridge between Denmark and Sweden. It was later announced that it was an operation to arrest suspects of an assassination plot of an Islamic Republic dissident.

Japan will separately send forces to the Strait of Hormuz

 

According to Asahi, Japan will not joint the US led coalition for shipping security in the Persian Gulf, but will separately send military forces to the Strait of Hormuz.

Previously, the Japanese media announced that due to Iran and Japan’s close economic relations, Japan will not join the US-led coalition for scouting and providing security for commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf.

The arrest of a British tanker and the attacks on several oil tankers in recent months led to the formation of a coalition by the United States to protect navigation in the Persian Gulf.

Pompeo: We will push back against Iran’s threat against Israel and the region

In a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized the two country’s cooperation on pushing back against the threat of the Islamic Republic regime of Iran.

After the meeting, Pompeo told the reporters: "We talked about all the efforts that we have made to push back against the threat not only to Israel but to the region and the world from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“We've had important discussions about strengthening our alliance, the region and various challenges that we face together, and I want to thank you and the president for your consistent support for Israel," Netanyahu said.

The two also talked about the events in Syria, and expressed hope for the ceasefire.

Netanyahu last week issued a statement condemning “Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria.”