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Iran Headlines: Iraq’s Yazidi Refugees, Bilateral Nuclear Talks, and Saeed Laylaz

Yazidi refugees fleeing violence in Iraq

IRAQ’S YAZIDI REFUGEES

A hard-line Javon Online editorial criticized President Barack Obama for his decision yesterday to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq’s Yazidi refugees, in addition to approving limited airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq. The writer argued, “According to the White House, if the Iraq’s Shia government wanted any type of (American) help to attack the terrorist group ISIS, it would be be under the condition that Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki step down, but only on Thursday, after ISIS advanced in the north and began burning Christian churches and crosses did Barack Obama order air strikes on ISIS militants.”

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

A day after Iran and the United States held “constructive high-level,” bilateral negotiations in Geneva, Mehr News Agency reported that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi commented on possible venues for future bilateral talks before the next official round of negotiations in September. “At the moment we haven’t decided on a specific location, but since we will have separate discussions with (P5+1) countries, we might hold the talks in their respective capitals, or we could host the (bilateral talks) in Tehran,” explained Araghchi.

Khabar Online asks, “What happened during yesterday’s nuclear talks between Iran and the United States?” According to a Khabar Online correspondent, “The talks were brief and focused on setting the agenda over the next four months, in addition to planning ahead for the next round of official talks set for September.”

ECONOMY AND ENERGY

In a Khabar Online interview, pro-reform economist Saeed Laylaz said that he is pleased with President Hassan Rouhani’s economic policies because unlike his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “Rouhani policies are consistent,” and have been implemented “on a ministerial, legislative, and executive level.” When asked about possible weaknesses in Rouhani’s economic policies Laylaz felt that “not enough attention has been given to Iran’s housing and automotive sectors.” At the end of the interview Laylaz added, “The problem with Iran’s economy isn’t a lack of economic knowledge, our problem is that we don’t develop plans for external (economic) factors, and we don’t manage them well either.”    

Mehr News Agency reported that previous financing issues between Iran’s Central Bank and China regarding Iranian infrastructure projects have been solved. The joint agreement provides China an opportunity to invest in over 32 railroad projects around the country.

Citing a recent OPEC study, ISNA reported that Iran and Saudi Arabia have the world’s largest supply of oil and natural gas resources and that “their reserves will last well over 70 years.”

In an interview with Mehr News Agency, Ali Majedi, Iran’s deputy oil minister of international affairs said, “Contrary to western reports, we have not reached an agreement with Russia regarding the oil-for-goods deal.” Majedi also clarified that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between both countries “is an economic trade agreement which could contain some oil-for-goods exchanges.”   

PHOTOS

A classic car show was held outside Saadabad Palace in Tehran.

The opening ceremony of the 12th annual female Sports and Cultural Olympiad held at Shahid Beheshti University.

Prominent writer and actor Mahmoud Dowlatabadi celebrated his 74th birthday with friends.