Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrived for Moscow today to attend a summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states. The joint meeting in Moscow will focus on preparing the agenda for the fourth Caspian summit which will be held in the Russian city of Astrakhan in September. Marzieh Afkham, the spokeswomen for Iran’s foreign ministry has accompanied Zarif on the trip.
In a wide ranging conversation, Reformist Shargh Daily speaks with Ahmad Khorram, minister of roads and transportation under former President Mohammad Khatami. Khorram discusses foreign policy, billionaire sanctions buster Babak Zanjani, and criticizes former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s handling of the economy claiming that “it is documented that Ahmadinejad cost the Iranian people 800 billion dollars,” with his policies and swelling of the government apparatus.
Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Speaker of Parliament, Hussein Sheikholeslam announced that a French parliamentary delegation including the head of the Financial Committee of the French Parliament will arrive in Tehran tomorrow for a week-long trip. In addition, a Romanian parliamentary delegation will visit Iran on May 3, 2014.
Head of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani today met with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tehran, Abdul Rahman Gherman al-Shahri and called on Iran and Saudi Arabia to form a committee of Shia and Sunni clerics to battle extremists in the region. The Saudi Ambassador also extended an invitation for Iranian officials to visit the Kingdom.
During a meeting with Iran’s Book Supervisory Board, Culture Minister Ali Jannati told the board members that he has recommended that the ministry of culture audit “publishers who have a history of violations.”
ECONOMY & ENERGY
Mehr News Agency published a chart of “the 12 key statistics” in the latest unemployment report.
With gasoline subsidy cuts planned to take effect this week, Khabar Online examines how much a price hike would hit the pockets of Iranians.
Reuters News reports that “China's March crude oil imports from Iran rose more than a third from a year ago.” According to Reuters, customs data reveals China imported 555,182 bpd of Iranian oil in March, marking a 36.1 percent increase in from a year ago.
During an event for Iranian women, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said, “At the moment there are not a many women working in the oil industry, and the limited number of positions available are all mid-level. There are no management roles for women. In order to have greater responsibilities, women should be empowered to take on senior-level management (positions).”
According to Iran’s latest labor force statistics, more than 38.5 percent of young women from the ages of 15 to 29 are unemployed.
Conservative Iran News interviewed the eldest daughter of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Fatemeh Hashemi and discussed female activism and the role of women in Iranian society.
In a women's prison in the city of Rey, women participate in an employment and vocational training workshop. ISNA also published a different set of photos of the women's prison in Rey.
One of President Rouhani’s Vice President’s, Masoud Soltani-Far visits the historical site Persepolis in Shiraz.
A photographer revisits an area in the Bushehr Province that was struck by magnitude 6.1 earthquake on April 9, 2013. The quake took the lives of 45 people and injured over 850.