Palestine should be kept alive as Islamic world’s major issue


Tehran – Secretary-General of International Conference in Support of Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday that the issue of Palestine should be kept alive as the major issue of the Islamic world.

Supporting the Palestinian nation and countering aggression of the Zionist Israel will effectively contribute to the security of the entire region, added Amir-Abdollahian, according to IRNA.

He made the remarks in a meeting here with the visiting wife of the Palestinian commander Martyr Qantar, a high-profile Lebanese ... killed by the Zionist regime's airstrike on a residential building in Jaramana near the Syrian capital in 2015.

Qantar’s wife, Zeinab Barjavi is in Tehran as one of the guests of the International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada which was held in the Iranian capital on Feb 21-22.

Iran Becomes Head of Group of 77

Islamic Republic of Iran in a Friday ceremony has officially become head of the Group of 77, IRNA reported.

The ceremony was held in the United Nations Office at Vienna and with the attendance of heads of international bodies, some ambassadors and the representatives of different countries, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations (Vienna) Reza Najafi.

Najafi addressed the meeting, stressing on defending principles, benefits, values and aims.

He expounded on purposes and priorities of group of 77 in the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, noting the importance of promoting cooperation and technical aid to developing countries.

Iran’s nuclear activities in line with JCPOA, says IAEA Director-General

TEHRAN- The first report by Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano in 2017 has reaffirmed that Iran’s all nuclear activities are in line with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran's envoy to Vienna said.

The 35 members of the IAEA Board of Governors were provided with the first 2017 seasonal report on Iran nuclear deal also known as JCPOA on Friday.

“Generally, the recent report is the same as the previous edition and some parts regarding technical developments have been added,” Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations (Vienna) Reza Najafi emphasized.

Zarif Urges Close Regional Cooperation to Solve Environmental Woes

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says incorrect policies in the region have led to environmental problems, including desertification, dust pollution and water shortage crises.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 16th Iran International Environment Exhibition in Tehran on Friday, Zarif invited all neighboring countries to engage in close environmental cooperation with Iran.

Iranian minister invited all neighbors of the Islamic Republic to launch a joint project to counter the environmental threats in the region.

Some of the areas in Iraq where sandstorms originate are under the control of the DaeshTakfiri terrorist group and have turned into battlefields, hindering a response to environmental issues in those territories.

Zionist Forces Clash with Palestinian Protesters Marking 1994 Carnage

Zionist military forces have clashed with hundreds of Palestinian protesters on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried out by a far-right Jewish settler in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Violence broke out in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem al-Quds, on Friday as Palestinian youths hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters and sound grenades to disperse the crowd as cannons doused the demonstrators with stinking water. There were no reports of injuries and arrests.

On February 25, 1994, at least 29 Palestinians were killed and 125 others wounded when American-Israeli Baruch Goldstein opened fire on a large number of Palestinian Muslims, who had gathered inside the Ibrahimi Mosque to say prayers during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.