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Iran to invest $90bn in South Pars

Iran's Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi

IRAN, March 30, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Iran’s Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi says the ministry plans to invest about $90 billion in South Pars gas and oil projects in the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), Press TV Channel reported.

Mirkazemi underlined that about $60 billion will be allocated to the upstream projects and about $30 billion to the downstream sector, the official website of the Oil Ministry Shana reported on Tuesday.

The official also noted that an extra $20 billion will be invested in the petrochemical projects of the giant field.

Mirkazemi further said that the Oil Ministry plans to complete the developing projects of all the remaining phases of the field within 35 months.

The Iranian oil minister also stressed the need for foreign investment in the site to speed up the projects, saying that once all the phases of the South Pars come on stream, the field can produce 25 million cubic meters of natural gas and about 40,000 barrels of liquefied natural gas per day, making the country’s annual revenue from the field hit $110 billion.

Deputy of Managing Director of Pars Special Economic Energy Zone Pirouz Mousavi said earlier in March that more than $200 billion investment is needed for the South Pars projects until the end of the country’s Fifth Development Plan (2010-2015).

Iran’s Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan is part of long term roadmap for sustainable growth.

The South Pars gas field is located in the Persian Gulf in the border zone between Iran and Qatar. The field’s reserves are estimated at 14 trillion cubic meters of gas and 18 billion barrels of liquefied natural gas. (*)
 
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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in World News

 

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Iran, Azerbaijan back up firmer ties

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Azeri Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev meet in Tehran on March 28, 2011.

IRAN, March 29, 2011 (KATAKAMI/COM) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran and Baku enjoy amicable relations and the two neighbors’ intertwined security and development call for further cooperation, Press TV Channel reported.


“Iran regards the development and progress of Azerbaijan as its own and is ready to promote bilateral cooperation in line with the two countries’ national interests,” said President Ahmadinejad in a Monday meeting with Azeri Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev, who was in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to attend the second Nowruz International Celebrations.

He added that the Iranian and Azeri people have always supported each other and pointed out that no obstacle can prevent the expansion of cordial ties between the two countries.

The Azeri official, for his part, praised Iran’s efforts to hold the celebrations on the occasion of Nowruz and the beginning of spring and said Nowruz is the feast of security and solidarity and strengthens bonds between nations.

Efendiyev expressed his country’s willingness to bolster “peaceful and stable” ties with the Islamic Republic in all spheres.

The second International Nowruz Celebrations wrapped up in Tehran on Monday after participants issued a Nowruz declaration calling on regional people to commemorate the ancient tradition of celebrating the Persian New Year and concentrate their efforts in promoting Nowruz traditions through cultural, artistic, scientific and educational programs.

Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.  (*)

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in World News

 

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Iran gives Nowruz gift to Turkmenistan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) in a meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Sunday in Tehran

IRAN, March 28, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) – — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has presented an Iranian two-seater airplane to visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Press TV Channel reported.

Iranian Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ali Nikzad presented the gift on behalf of Ahmadinejad to the visiting president upon his arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport on Sunday, Fars news agency reported.

The light aircraft costs $130,000 and has a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour.

Earlier in March, Berdimuhamedov had signed a decree to send 1,000 tons of flour to Iran to mark the beginning of the Iranian New Year.

The decree was signed in a cabinet meeting to further expand the friendly ties between Iran and Turkmenistan and to revive the tradition of sharing foodstuff with neighbors on the eve of Nowruz.

Berdimuhamedov noted that reforms implemented in the Turkmenistan’s agriculture sector had been successful and efforts made by Turkmen farmers helped the country to harvest 1.5 million tons of wheat last year.

The Turkmen president is in Iran for the celebrations of the International Day of Nowruz in Tehran.

The second International Nowruz Celebrations was held in Tehran on Sunday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Iraq President Jalal Talabani, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan also took part in the inaugural ceremony of the event at Tehran’s Sa’adabad Historical Complex.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

The day-long event was scheduled to commemorate Nowruz as a cultural and spiritual heritage of Iran and other neighboring countries which celebrate the Persian New Year.  (*)

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in World News

 

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Iran supports Afghan stability

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

IRAN, March 27, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed the Islamic Republic’s support for improving stability and security in war-torn Afghanistan, Press TV Channel reported on Sunday.


“The Afghan people … can manage [the affairs of] their own country without the presence of foreigners,” Salehi said in a meeting with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, who is in the Iranian capital city of Tehran to attend the second International Nowruz Celebrations.

The Afghan minister appreciated Iran’s services and efforts to host Afghan refugees during the past 30 years.

The top Iranian and Afghan diplomats exchanged views on ways to expand mutual relations and the latest regional and international developments.

The second International Nowruz Celebrations officially kicked off in Tehran on Sunday in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hamid Karzai, Jalal Talabani, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov, Emomali Rahmon and Serzh Sargsyan — presidents of Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Armenia respectively — took part in the inaugural ceremony of the event at Tehran’s Sa’adabad Palace Museum on Sunday.

Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.  (*)

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in World News

 

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International Nowruz Celebrations open in Iran

The second International Nowruz Celebrations open in Tehran's Sa'adabad Palace on March 27, 2011.

IRAN, March 27, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The second International Nowruz Celebrations have officially kicked off in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Press TV Channel reported on Sunday.


Hamid Karzai, Jalal Talabani, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov, Emomali Rahmon and Serzh Sargsyan — presidents of Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Armenia respectively — took part in the inaugural ceremony of the event at Tehran’s Sa’adabad Historical Complex on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Indian health minister, Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Pakistani Speaker of the National Assembly Fahmida Mirza, the Kyrgyz minister of culture, the vice president of Zanzibar, the Kuwaiti special envoy and Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Mohammad Yahya Maroofi are also participating in the event.

Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

The day-long event aims to commemorate Nowruz as a cultural and spiritual heritage of Iran and other neighboring countries which celebrate the Persian New Year.

During Nowruz, Iranians set the Haft Seen as an expression of their traditional, spiritual, and social values.

Haft Seen is a table containing seven items starting with the phonemic Farsi equivalent of the English letter ‘S’ or ‘Seen.’ Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Somagh (sumac), and Sekeh (coin), are among items that begin with the Farsi letter Seen.  (*)

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in World News

 

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Iran's first aid cargo arrives in Japan

Iran's Ambassador to Japan Abbas Araqchi

March 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Iran’s first shipment of humanitarian aid for Japan’s disaster-hit areas has arrived, Iranian Ambassador to Japan Abbas Araqchi says, Iranian Television Press TV Channel reported on Thursday.

“The shipment arrived in [Tokyo’s international] airport Narita today,” Araqchi said on Thursday.

“From the beginning of this crisis in Japan, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Red Crescent Society (IRCS) expressed readiness for every kind of help to Japan’s government,” Fars News Agency quoted Araqchi as saying.

The Iranian envoy said Iran has sent 50,000 canned fish and beans, adding that the Islamic Republic is the first country in the Middle East to send aid to Tokyo.

A second shipment would be dispatched next week, Araqchi added.

On March 11, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, off the northeast coast of Japan’s main island, unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours.

“Deputy Head of IRCS [Mahmoud] Mozaffari and I will visit Miyagi Prefecture to deliver the aid to the officials,” Araqchi said.

Japan’s National Police Agency said earlier on Thursday that 9,700 people have so far been killed and over 16,500 more are presumably dead as a result of the quake.

There are fears of a much higher death toll from the disaster that has displaced hundreds of thousands of Japanese.

The quake is now considered Japan’s deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 142,000 people.  (*)
 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in World News

 

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urges no let-up in Iran nuclear pressure

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

MOSCOW, RUSSIA, March 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Despite the current unrest in the Middle East, the international community should continue to insist on the closure of Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, RIA NOVOSTI reported.

“The growing tensions in the Middle East increase various risks, and radical Islamic movements could take advantage of these risks,” Netanyahu told journalists in Moscow.

Netanyahu will meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev later on Thursday to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the situation in Libya.

“It’s hard for the world to realize this, as it was hard in the 1930s to realize the threats posed by radical movements,” the Israeli PM added. “The most important thing now is not to allow Iran to develop its own nuclear arms.”

“If they manage to develop nuclear arms this regime will never fall. And they will threaten other countries and you too,” the Israeli PM said.

“Iran is not controlled by [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. Iran is controlled by [Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei. I see his bigotry and hatred for the modern world.”

“Hitler firstly began conquering the world and then started developing nuclear arms, Khamenei is going the opposite way,” Netanyahu said, adding that only the threat of military operations could force Iran to halt its nuclear program.   (*)
 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in World News

 

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