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From R-L: Foreign Ministers Rashid Meredov from Turkmenistan, Sergei Lavrov from Russia, Erlan Idrissov from Kazakhstan, Mohammad Javad Zarif from Iran and Elmar Mammadyarov from Azerbaijan pose for a picture during the Caspian Sea littoral states conference in Moscow (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov).

POLITICS

The ministerial meeting of the Caspian Sea littoral states ended today in Moscow and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif spoke to reporters afterwards.  Zarif called for “cooperation and coordination among the littoral states and for joint efforts in their economic development based on the littoral statesˈ regulations and the principle of justice.” Topics discussed included environmental protection, wildlife conservation, and “security issues pertaining to the prevention of foreign intervention,” according to Zarif.  

In an interview with Fars News Agency, conservative MP from Tehran Hamid Resaei dismissed the attack on political prisoners held in Ward 350 of Evin Prison last Thursday, and called it “an inspection” in which contraband items such as “cell phones, SIM cards, and laptop were discovered.”  According to Resaei alcohol was also seized. He continued his criticism of the political prisoners by saying Ward 350 contains elements of “seditionists, the MEK, counter-revolutionaries, and Baha’is, so naturally they accept one another and defend each other.”

Hardline Javan Online writes that a source present during a weekly reformist media session, claims that an advisor who has ties to the (Rouhani) government was quoted as saying that the return of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the political scene “will be an opportunity for us, because it won’t allow the Principalists to unite (politically) in the upcoming Parliamentary elections.”      

ECONOMY

According to Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Iran, Javanshir Akhundov, “Investors are willing to invest in Iran in a bid to lay the grounds for all-out development of bilateral relations” between Iran and Azerbaijan.

Ticket prices for Tehran’s metro will be increased by ten percent, as approved by Tehran’s City Council.

Non-governmental banks and credit institutions have agreed to revise their interest rates on bank deposits.

The Head of the Food and Drug Administration Rassoul Dinarvand, announced that this year will be no increase in drug prices.

CULTURE & SOCIETY

Hardline daily Kayhan published an editorial discussing the role of women in Iranian society entitled, “Why can’t the west tolerate the Islamic rights of women?” The male writer Sadollah Zarei argues, “In terms of leadership, the greatest responsibility of a Muslim woman should be to sooth to the residents of the house, namely the man and children. From this perspective, this role primarily requires the woman to have spiritual and mental peace, and secondly, her management and leadership role should be recognized and appreciated by the man and the children.”

Khabar Online interviews Ali Pahlavan the lead singer and guitarist of Arian, considered to be the first post-revolution pop band consisting of both male and female band members. Pahlavan discusses his uncertain future with the band.

PHOTOS

Male and female disabled athletes compete in a track and field qualifying competition in order to participate in the 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.