After Doha Meeting, Iran’s Relations Clearly Worsening with Arabs but not with West

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.

Italy Signs 20 Billion Dollars in Trade Deals as Europe-Iran Relations Continue Growing

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.

Iran Unveils New Military Equipment During War Games

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.

Critics Highlight Iran’s Domestic Affairs to Discourage Expanded Trade

By INU Staff
INU - On Wednesday, CNN reported upon the extension of a controversy that was previously thought to be resolved between Air France and its employees. The union for the commercial airline’s cabin crews recently won a concession from the company over its plans to resume regular flights to Iran in the current, post-sanctions environment. Air France announced that female members of the cabin crew would be able to opt out of flights into the Islamic Republic, over concerns about the country’s laws requiring a specific dress code for women, including head coverings.

Iran May Rely on Russia to Expand Weapons Stockpile and Presence in Syria

By INU Staff

INU - As Iran News Update reported on Monday, the long-delayed delivery of Russia’s advanced S-300 missiles to Iran has apparently begun at last. A Russian Foreign Ministry official reported earlier this month that the first shipments were being prepared, and now Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hossein Jaber Ansari says that those first shipments have arrived.

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