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August 14, 2016

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

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Turkey‘s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Iran‘s career diplomat Javad Zarif have decided to join forces in resolving the civil war in Syria, regardless of being on opposite sides of the crisis.

File photo of Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, 2015.
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Diplomat’s, Çavuşoğlu and Zarif have both pledged greater cooperation on the conflict in Syria at a joint news conference in Ankara on Friday. The coming together of these two neighbouring nations has come as a surprise to many as both Cavusoglu and Zarif have held opposing positions on Syria, with Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Turkey, backing his political departure. However, despite their differences on this matter, the two nations are prepared and are now willing to strengthen their relationship together, so that they can work together in fighting extremism in Syria and allow it to once again become a nation that is without threats and danger.

File photo of Javad Zarif, 2014.
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Since Turkeys failed coup just last month, Iran has been expressing great praise to the nation. Iran has supported Turkeys choice of defying the coup and not going ahead with force as was planned. Zarif has stated that he no longer supports the decisions of overthrows and that they hold no place in Iran. Since the failed coup attempt by Turkey on July 15, Zarif had not visited Turkey again until recently at the joint news conference in Ankara. This meeting between the Iranian and Turkish officials is said to be the first step in bringing forward a calm and tranquil Syria.

The union of Çavuşoğlu and Zarif in their mutual goal to bring Syria back into a positive strife, follows a similar agreement that was made between the Turkish government and Russia over Syria, directing thoughts that the Erdoğan government is radically rethinking their position on the Syrian Civil War conflict.

It has been stated by the Turkish foreign ministry that Javad Zarif will also be meeting with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.



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May 7, 2016

Top place annually Iranian activists environmnt

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Official site environmental activists under the supervision of the Department of Environment of Iran announced 10 top activists annually of Environment , The list is as follows:

  1. Reza Nourbakhsh
  2. Masoumeh Ebtekar
  3. Seyed Ahmad nabavi
  4. Jamshid Farajvand Farda
  5. Mahmoud Rostami Tabar
  6. Mohammad Akbari
  7. Morteza Gholizadeh
  8. Mohammad Darvish
  9. Afsaneh Mehr Barough
  10. Parvin Farshchi

Its interesting that Several senior officials of the Department of Environment of iran can be seen in the list , such as : Masoumeh Ebtekar : Head of Department, Parvin Farshchi : Deputy, Seyed Ahmad Nabavi :Director of Inspection and Mohammad Darvish : Superintendent. Reza Nourbakhsh is an environmental activist from Iran and Won First place annually official website Iranian activists environment.

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April 23, 2016

Iran to sell heavy water to the United States

Iran to sell heavy water to the United States

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Iran will sell 32 metric tons of heavy water (water containing the hydrogen isotope deuterium) to the United States, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiators has confirmed.

Iran’s heavy water will be bought by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for about $8.6 million, a department spokeswoman said on Friday.

Officials said the heavy water will be stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and then resold on the commercial market for research purposes.

Deuterium (hydrogen with an added neutron) is not radioactive but has research and medical applications and can also be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium.

Under last summer’s landmark nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany, Tehran must reduce its stock of heavy water by selling, diluting or disposing of it.

Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal means that the heavy water was already removed from Iran, ensuring that it would not be used to support the development of a nuclear weapon, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Our purchase of the heavy water means that it will instead be used for critically important research and non-nuclear industrial requirements,” Kirby added.

The US energy department said the heavy water purchase does not go beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement, and stressed that future purchases were not automatic.



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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Iran will sell 32 metric tons of heavy water (water containing the hydrogen isotope deuterium) to the United States, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiators has confirmed.

Iran’s heavy water will be bought by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for about $8.6 million, a department spokeswoman said on Friday.

Officials said the heavy water will be stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and then resold on the commercial market for research purposes.

Deuterium (hydrogen with an added neutron) is not radioactive but has research and medical applications and can also be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium.

Under last summer’s landmark nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany, Tehran must reduce its stock of heavy water by selling, diluting or disposing of it.

Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal means that the heavy water was already removed from Iran, ensuring that it would not be used to support the development of a nuclear weapon, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Our purchase of the heavy water means that it will instead be used for critically important research and non-nuclear industrial requirements,” Kirby added.

The US energy department said the heavy water purchase does not go beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement, and stressed that future purchases were not automatic.



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October 20, 2015

Justin Trudeau elected Prime Minister of Canada

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On Monday, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada was elected as the new Prime Minister of Canada. Liberal Party formed the majority by winning 184 seats where at least 170 seats were needed for majority. With the absolute majority for the Liberal, it was an end to Stephen Harpers’ era who was the Prime Minister of the second largest nation, Canada since early 2006.

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Son of the ex-Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, he became a Minister of Parliament for the Liberals in 2008. In 2013 with 80.1% votes to his name, he was elected as the new leader for Liberal.

Trudeau shared his feminism opinions on twitter previous month. His tweet read “I am a feminist. I’m proud to be a feminist. #upfordebate“. He also spoke on abortion saying “It is not for any government to legislate what a woman chooses to do with her body. And that is the bottom line.”

Trudeau manifested a change of climate change policy in three months prior to United Nations’ climate summit scheduled in November, in French capital Paris. Trudeau wants to improve relations with Iran and pull out the ISIS operations in Iraq as well as Syria.

He has promised tax rise for the 1% of wealthiest Canadian population to support middle class families. On the ideas of Colorado Model, he planned to legalise marijuana.

Previous PM, Harper won only 99 seats, and Conservative ended second in the election campaign. Harper said “The people of Canada have elected a Liberal government, which we accept without hesitation.” Harper is about to resign as the leader of the Conservative.

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—Justin Trudeau
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184 99 44 10 1
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Popular vote by province, with graphs indicating the number of seats won.Image: Noname2.
Party Votes Vote share  % votes
Liberal 6,928,514
39.5%
39.5%
Conservative 5,597,565
31.9%
31.9%
New Democratic 3,460,288
19.7%
19.7%
Bloc Québécois 818,652
4.7%
4.7%
Green 605,637
3.4%
3.4%


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June 29, 2014

Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships

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Spain‘s men’s national goalball team arrived in Espoo, Finland Friday for the start of the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships. The team comes into the tournament with the goal of securing a medal, which would qualify them for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The team missed the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Head coach Francisco Monreal said, “The objective is to reach the medal round, and qualify directly for the 2016 Games, but we need to be realistic and not think game by game, we can get a surprise. […] The competition will be decided in one game, head or tails, where it doesn’t matter what happened before.((es))

Coming into the competition, the team was ranked eleventh in the world based on the IBSA Unofficial rankings published late last month, down one spot from the April rankings. The team is scheduled to play their first game against the ninth ranked United States men’s team on Monday morning, before playing twenty-first ranked Germany later in the afternoon. Their other scheduled competitors in pool play are top ranked Iran, third ranked Algeria, seventh ranked Finland, twelfth ranked Czech Republic and twentieth ranked Ukraine. The team needs to finish in the top four in their group to advance to the second round.

The team’s roster includes Jose Daniel Fernández, Cristian Santamaria, Félix Vargas, Roman Martínez, Jesús Santana, and Javier Serrato. They are led by head coach Monreal, with assistant coach Carles Estrany and physiotherapist José Bravo. The team is drawn from around the country, with Santana playing for a club in the Canary Islands, Serrato playing for Valencia, Fernández for Madrid area Chamartín, Santamaría for Cantabria, Vargas coming from Barcelona and Martínez from Aragón.

Absent from the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the last major international competition the team competed in was the 2010 Goalball World Championships in Sheffield, England where the team finished fifth. In last year’s IBSA European Goalball Championships in Turkey, the team finished second, behind World Championship hosts and Paralympic gold medalists Finland.

Goalball was created in 1946, exclusively for people with a visual disability and designed to help with the rehabilitation of veterans returning from World War II. Play in the Paralympics consists of two twelve-minute periods, with a three minute break between halves. Players are blindfolded to ensure all are equally visually handicapped on-court, and the game can be stopped to ensure goggles are properly fitted. Standing in front of a long goal, they throw the ball at the opposition team’s net who in turn try to block it by listening to the ball, which contains a bell, and using their bodies to prevent the ball from going in. The audience is asked to remain silent during play.



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November 25, 2013

Iran to reduce nuclear enrichment in exchange for sanctions reduction

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The negotiations in Geneva on Sunday.
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Yesterday in Geneva, Iran and the P5+1 nations — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council; United States, United Kingdom, China, France, and Russia; plus Germany — reached a six-month deal over Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme. Iran is to reduce its nuclear activities in return for a lifting of some economic sanctions.

Iran has agreed to not build any new enrichment facilities, to halt enrichment of uranium past a purity of 5%, to “neutralise” a stockpile of nearly 200kg of enriched uranium of a purity of nearly 20%, to not install new centrifuges, and to disable a number of existing centrifuges. They also have to allow access for inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to a number of sites including Natanz and Fordo, as well as information on the reactor at Arak.

In return, the P5+1 is to provide “limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible” relief from economic sanctions including removal of specific trade sanctions on precious metals, including gold; the automotive sector; and oil. The sanctions relief is worth around US$7 billion (about 5 billion).

In Tehran, Iran’s negotiators were welcomed home at the airport by a gathering of supporters holding placards. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians reportedly watched coverage of the negotiations through the Iranian night.

Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, told reporters, “[i]n this agreement, the right of [the] Iranian nation to enrich uranium was accepted by world powers”. The United States contests this.

US president Barack Obama welcomed the deal: “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.” He said the provisions of the deal “cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb”.

British prime minister David Cameron said the deal was an “important first step” and Iran was “further away from getting a nuclear weapon”.

John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State, appeared with British foreign minister William Hague at a press conference in London. Kerry told reporters: “Now the really hard part begins, and that is the effort to get the comprehensive agreement, which will require enormous steps in terms of verification, transparency and accountability”.

Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, said the deal was a “historic mistake” and said the Iranians had agreed only to “cosmetic concessions” that “can be undone by the Iranians within weeks”. “Israel”, he said, “is not bound to this agreement while Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel. Israel has the right to protect itself in the face of any threat. I wish to reiterate that as the prime minister of Israel — Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear military capabilities.” He also said: “Iran is receiving billions of dollars in relief in the sanctions without paying any sort of price. Iran is receiving written approval to violate UN Security Council resolutions”.

Naftali Bennett, the Israeli economic minister, warned of the prospects of a nuclear Iran: “If in another five or six years a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the agreement that was signed this morning”.

A spokesman for President Obama stated: “the United States will remain firm in our commitment to Israel, which has good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s intentions”. Obama phoned Netanyahu on Sunday to try and reassure him.



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November 13, 2013

ONCE defeats Getafe 86-36 in Spain\’s top level wheelchair basketball league

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Saturday in a game played at Colegio San Agustin in Madrid in Spain’s top level wheelchair basketball league, CD Fundosa ONCE decisively beat Getafe BSR 86–36. ONCE, with 2012 Summer Paralympics Australian international Bill Latham and British international Terry Bywater, came into the game with a multi-game winning streak in which they averaged 79 points while holding their opponents to an average of 31.5 points.

A Getafe players takes a shot during the first half
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Coming to the game with several loud chanting fans and a drum, Getafe scored the first point of the game about 15 seconds into it off a free throw made by Polish player Krzysztof Bandura. ONCE got the ball, and quickly scored 2 points.

With 8:34 left in the first quarter, Getafe led 3–2. Cuidad Real local Francisco S. Lara was doing a lot of early shooting and rebounding for Getafe.

By the time there was 6:42 left in the first quarter, ONCE had pulled ahead with an 8–5 lead. Gexto native Carlos Medina kept his team in it, scoring two points with 5:10 left in the first. Terry Bywater tried a behind the back pass at 4:45 left in the first that resulted in turning the ball over to Getafe. With 4:08 left in the first, Bywater made a 3 pointer that tied the score up at 13–13. Shortly after that, ONCE had a player get a personal foul, turning the ball over to Getafe who were unable to hold onto it.

With 2:20 left in the first, ONCE led 15–13 and a timeout was called. Players took the opportunity to re-hydrate. From this point, ONCE never lost the lead. A few seconds after the timeout, they made a 2 pointer to bring the score to 17–13. They built on that for a score of 19–13 with 1:00 minute left in the first. Bywater committed a personal foul in the remaining minute, falling over in his wheelchair while committing it.

With a few seconds left in the first, ONCE scored and Getafe was unable to get a shot up in the remaining seconds. The first quarter ended 21–13.

Getafe scored first in the second quarter. ONCE was unable to answer back on their run down the court, with Getafe getting the ball back and also being unable to score. The start of the second saw ONCE more aggressive than Getafe, earning a few personal fouls.

The Getafe coach verbally expressed his frustration his team’s lack of rebounding at 7:42 in the second. Shortly after that, he made a substitution. By the time there was 7:09 left in the second, ONCE led 26–17. They added another two points at 6:09 to bring the score to 28–17.

With 5:17 left in the second, ONCE forced a turn over, and made a substitution with Spanish international Paul Zarzuela coming out. Getafe committed personal fouls at 4:00 and 3:46 left in the second. With 3:39 left on the clock, the score was 30–17. Jerez de la Frontera native Alejandro Zarzuela made a pair of free throws shortly after that to bring the score to 32–17.

Getafe took a timeout, and made a substitution, bringing in Virginia Perez, the team’s only female player. With 3:11 left in the second quarter, Spanish international Rafael Muiño scored an easy layup for ONCE to bring the score to 34–17. With 2:47 left, Getafe made another substitution, taking Swiss international Maurice Amacher out.

Getafe sent ONCE to the free throw line at 2:31 but ONCE was unable to make either basket. With 2:29 left in the second, Zarzuela needed a wheel change. At 2:17, Connecticut native Ryan T. Martin shot an air ball. At 2:09, Bill Latham was at the line for ONCE, making his first free throw but missing his second. With 1:44 left, Getafe scored for the first time since the eighth minute of the second quarter. Getafe fouled Latham, who went to line and successfully converted the three-point play.

With 1:11 left in the second and the score at 41–19, the Getafe coach threw his clipboard on the ground. With less than a minute left in the half, Getafe spent a lot of time playing with the ball and almost had a shot clock violation, before turning the ball over. ONCE capitalized on it to score, ending the half with a score of 43–19.

The third quarter started with Getafe possession, but the team quickly turned the ball over, followed by Canary Islands native Daniel Serapio committing a foul against ONCE. At 9:21 left in the third, the first points of the quarter were scored, bringing the game to 45–19 in a three point play that Latham successfully finished to bring the score to 46–19. At 8:49, Medina took a shot for Getafe and missed. ONCE got the rebound, only for Getafe to foul them. At 8:33, Getafe made a substitution, taking Serapio out and putting Madrid native Angel Silvela in. At 8:00 left, Getafe got their first points of the quarter when Medina made two points to bring the score to 46–21.

Tucek fixes his wheel
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At the 7:29 mark in the third, Getafe got a rebound off an ONCE shot turned the ball over to ONCE who then scored two points bringing the score to 48–21. At 7:11 left, Czech player Petr Tucek subbed out after his behind small wheel came off.

ONCE subbed three people in at the 6:17 mark, bringing in Madrid native Carlos Vera, Barcelona native Jaume Llambi, and Pablo Zarzuela. Alejandro Zarzuela scored one of his two free throw attempts at 6:09 to bring the score to 49–23. ONCE scored another basket at the 5:39 mark. Getafe’s Medina made a pass to no one at 5:18, but his team managed to get the ball back — but were unable to get their own rebound. Getafe made a substitution at the 5:01 mark, with Lara coming in for Madrid native Jose Angel Mingo.

Pablo Zarzuela went to the free throw line for ONCE, missing both shots for score of 52–23. He recovered his rebound, missed with Latham getting the rebound and making the shot at the 4:34 mark in the third.

Bandura got a shot up for Getafe at the 4:29 mark but missed. ONCE scored 2 points at 4:05 to bring the score to 56–23. Bandura scored Getafe’s next points at the 3:29 mark for the game to be 58–25. At 3:07, the score is 58–27. At the 2:28 mark, Rodríguez gets an ONCE rebound, Latham gets the ball, shoots and misses. ONCE got their own rebound and scored 2 points to bring the game to 60–27 at the 2:15 mark. They quickly got another 2 points, and a timeout was called at 1:57 left in the third. Tucek had successfully re-attached his wheel but was not subbed in. Getafe’s Iranian international Morteza Gharibloo made a three point shot attempt that was an airball at the 1:36 mark, with ONCE picking the up the rebound. ONCE turned the ball over, with Getafe regaining possession only to lose it because of a shot clock violation. The third quarter ended 62–27.

45 seconds into the fourth quarter, ONCE subbed Vera out, bringing Alejandro Zarzuela in. Tucek scored for ONCE at the 9:05 mark. With 8:45 left in the game, Martin took a shot and missed. At the 8:36 mark, a technical was called against Getafe with Bywater taking both shots. Making both, the score was then 66–29. Latham scored for ONCE at 8:23. Swiss international Philipp Häfeli was double teamed, and fouled at 8:07. By the time 6:59 was left in the game, the score was 72.33. Latham scored for ONCE at the 6:15 mark following a missed shot by Rodríguez.

Llambi went to the line for a pair of shots at the 6:02 mark, missing both free throws. At the 5:43 mark, Latham was fouled. Rodríguez brought the ball in for his team. Bywater put up a three point shot, but missed. Gharibloo got the rebound for Getafe, took a shot and also missed.

With 4:54 left, ONCE scored for the score to be 76–34. At the 3:24 mark, Spanish international Almudena Montiel entered the game for the first time following a timeout. Montiel was the only woman on the ONCE team. ONCE then scored with 3:14 left in the game, bringing the score to 80–34. The game would go on to end 86–36 following a basket made by Llambi with 0:15 left in the game.

Next week, ONCE is scheduled to play Adapted Sports Cai Zaragoza in a fourth round game played at home.

ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 01.JPG ONCE warming up before the game.
Image: Laura Hale.

ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 02.JPG The opening tip off.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 01.JPG Getafe inbounds the ball.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 08.JPG A Getafe player gets assistance after falling over.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 15.JPG Bywater inbounds the ball.
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ONCE v Getafe, Madrid, November 9, 2013 A 11.JPG Bywater takes the technical shots for ONCE.
Image: Laura Hale.

Getafe fans cheering for their team.
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November 12, 2013

Iran agrees to expanded monitoring of nuclear sites

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Iran agreed on Monday to allow the United Nations (UN) increased access to nuclear facilities according to a government announcement on state television. UN monitors will gain access to a heavy water reactor still being built, as well as the largest uranium reactor in Iran.

The government announcement also stated that Iran would clarify its plans to build new uranium-enrichment facilities and technologies.

According to the UN nuclear chief, Yukiya Amano, the agreement will be put in place within the next three months. He said that Iran had agreed to “implement practical measures” to aid the UN inspectors.

This is the first deal that Iran has made with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 2007. The announcement came after talks between Iran and world leaders from the United States, France, China, Russia and Germany in Geneva, over the amount of access that the IAEA should have to Iranian nuclear sites. The negotiations stalled, but are set to resume next week.

The IAEA has been pushing to inspect Iran’s nuclear facilities for a decade, currently having access to only 17. The Iranian government continues to assert that their nuclear program is peaceful, and wants the UN to lift sanctions.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in Parliament on Monday that “It’s very important for the Iranian authorities to understand that the pressure will be there for greater sanctions… unless an agreement is reached on these matters.”

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius acknowledged that the agreement reached on Monday is a good sign for diplomacy, but also said that more work needed to be done. “We are not far from an agreement with the Iranians, but we are not there yet,” he said on Europe 1 radio.



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November 2, 2013

Iran-Pakistan pipeline at risk

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The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project is at risk of cancellation as negotiations between the government of Iran and the Pakistani government remain unresolved. The Iranian Oil Minister, Bijan Namdar Zangenah, doubts its future.

“The contract for supplying gas to Pakistan is likely to be annulled,” Zangenah said in a press release on Wednesday.

Reasons include the lack of support from the United States government. The cost of sanctions on Iran and minimal funds are also causing concern. The Pakistani government is trying to resolve the issue with Iran and the United States to reach a peaceful solution.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said the project is intact, and Pakistani government is working closely with the Iranian Government to start working on the project.



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