Leader of the business oriented Motalefeh Party Mohammad Nabi Habibi commented on the house arrests of Mir Hussain Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi saying, “These (two) extremist individuals aren’t accepted by any political factions, and if they have completely changed their views, I agree that they should receive a trial, but the decision (of house arrest) has been made by the state and I agree with that decision.
ISNA reports that during a press conference at the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), President Hassan Rouhani said, “There have been disputes between the parties (involved in the negotiations) for years and we should not expect to reach an agreement in just two or three sessions. We are not skeptical of a general agreement with the P5 +1, and I think there is enough time to reach deal by the end of the six month interim agreement.”
Tasnim News Agency writes that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Middle Eastern Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian, and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi held their second joint political action committee meeting in the Qatari capital of Doha today with the purpose of “enhancing relations at the bilateral and regional levels.”
ECONOMY AND ENERGY
ISNA reports that the Tehran Stock Exchange continues its negative slump.
According to the ministry of oil news website, Ali Majedi the deputy oil minister of international affairs and trading said that Iran has “no obligation” to Pakistan regarding the construction of a joint natural gas pipeline known as the “peace pipeline.” According to Majedi, "The Pakistanis are required to resolve the financial problem of the pipeline. The Pakistanis claim that they cannot finance the pipeline’s construction due to the sanctions, but we don’t accept that.”
IRNA writes that the Director General for Loans, International Organizations and Institutions, Saeed Khani Oushani, spoke about the nuclear negotiations having a positive impact on the outlook of foreign countries and companies and said, “Foreign investors are expecting to profit from their investments.”
Workers in eastern Alborz coal mine.
Iranian tourism officials visit a village in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province.