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INU - On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had banned imports from the American carmaker Chevrolet, in line with earlier statements by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urging support for domestic production and decrying demand for American goods. The government also reportedly disallowed the importation of an order of 200 Chevrolet vehicles, which officials claimed had been loaded for delivery but were not yet on route to Iran.

By INU Staff
INUEarlier this week, it was reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had agreed to meet on the sidelines of a UN summit, following talks between the two officials on Tuesday. That discussion reportedly focused on prospective American efforts to encourage Western commerce with the recently de-sanctioned Islamic Republic of Iran. Kerry described the meeting as productive, but added that more concrete details would need to be worked out on Friday. It was not immediately clear what, if anything, had been agreed.

By INU Staff
INU - On Sunday, a long-anticipated meeting took place in Doha among representatives of OPEC countries plus non-OPEC oil producing nations including the Russian Federation. Though ultimately unsuccessful, the event was meant to lead to a broad-based agreement on freezing or reducing participants’ oil output as part of an effort to stabilize prices that are still recovering from a 12-year low that they reached in January.

By INU Staff
INU - On Friday, the EU Bulletin reported upon the visit to Tehran that is scheduled for the weekend by a European Union delegation led by Federica Mogherini, the head of foreign affairs and security policy. The brief report indicates that Mogherini is expected to “touch upon the controversial issue of human rights.”

By INU Staff
INU - On Thursday, the Times of Israel reported that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s two-day trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran had resulted in approximately 20 billion dollars’ worth of trade agreements between the two countries. The agreements signed during the Italian executive’s visit add to the billions of dollars in deals finalized in January when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Italy and France.

By INU Staff
INU - On Friday, two separate reports in the International Business Times described the military drills and ceremonies that comprised the week leading up to Iran’s Armed Forces Day. Spokespersons for the Iranian military and Revolutionary Guard Corps had already promised the unveiling of supposedly advanced tanks, missiles, and other equipment to coincide with that celebration. And Friday’s reports reiterated many of these claims.

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