Zarif hails 515 years of Iran-Russia ties

TEHRAN– In a message on the occasion of 515 years of Iran-Russia historical ties, FM Zarif said continuous cultural exchanges between the two countries will help expansion of political and trade relations as well.

“Holding a conference and an exhibition of historical documents on the occasion of five centuries of relations between Iran and Russia is an important and valuable step in further development of trade and political ties between the two countries,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a message on Monday, according to Mehr News Agency.

Trump’s Ban on Muslims Entry Will Harm US: Velayati

A senior Iranian official has criticized a controversial decision by the new US government to block entry into the country from Iran and six other Muslim states, saying such moves would be detrimental to Washington, Press TV reported.

"If Iranians travel to a country, their dignity must be respected and such moves will undoubtedly be harmful to the future of the US,” Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, told reporters on Sunday following a meeting with the special representative of the United Nations secretary general for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, in Tehran.

Iraqi Army Forces discover chemical warfare agent in Mosul

Iraqi army forces have found a cytotoxic and vesicant chemical agent in Mosul in addition to a cache of surface-to-surface missiles that could be used to weaponize the warfare agent.

Brigadier General Haider Fadhil of Iraq's special forces said on Saturday that French experts had tested samples of the chemical agent, and confirmed it was sulfur mustard, commonly known as mustard gas, which could form large blisters on exposed skin and in the lungs, according to Press TV.

Fadhil went on to say that the discovery was made in the eastern quarter of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, and said he suspected that Daesh terrorists were developing a way to use the chemical agent in the Russian-built projectiles.

Oun to Mogherini: Political Settlement Only Solution to Crisis in Syria

BEIRUT, (ST)- Lebanese President Michel Oun  has reaffirmed that political settlement in Syria is the only solution to the crisis in the country.

Oun made the remarks during his meeting  on Thursday in Beirut with the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

"Lebanon sees that political and peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria is the right prelude to reaching a settlement that ends war and puts an end to the suffering of the displaced Syrians," said Oun.

Abadi in Reaction to Trump: 'Iraq's Oil is the Property of Iraqis'

Iraq's oil is the property of the Iraqis, Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider said on Tuesday, in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump who argued that the United States should have taken possession of the nation's crude reserves, Reuters reported.

In a speech to CIA officials on Saturday, Trump suggested the United States should have taken Iraq's oil in reimbursement for the 2003 invasion.

Trump also suggested that taking Iraq's oil would have would have also stopped the rise of Daesh by limiting the terrorist group’s funding.

"It wasn't clear what he meant," Abadi told a news conference when asked about Trump's comments. "Did he mean in 2003 or to prevent the terrorists from seizing Iraq's oil?"

"Iraq's oil is constitutionally the property of the Iraqis," he said.