Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Iran Opens Drone Factory In Tajikistan

Via Al Monitor, an article on Iran’s growing relationship with Tajikistan: Iran unveiled a factory in Tajikistan today that will produce drones.  The factory in the Tajik capital Dushanbe will manufacture Abagil 2 drones. Iranian military Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri attended the ceremony, reported the official Islamic Republic News Agency.  “We are in a […]

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Will Russia Complete Iran’s Rasht–Astara Railway?

Via Jamestown Foundation, a report on Russia’s interest in Iran’s Rasht–Astara Railway: The Russo-Ukrainian war has had a direct impact on the status of the various China–Central Asia–Russia–Europe transit corridors that traverse Eurasia. The Northern Corridor branch of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in particular, has faced serious challenges and limitations, forcing a halt […]

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Iran and Cuba To Increase Trade and Economic Cooperation

Via the Iran Project, a report that Iran and Cuba agreed to increase trade relations through the development of joint trade and economic cooperation: Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Seyyed Reza Fatemi Amin announced the development of 34 opportunities and grounds for joint trade and economic cooperation between Iran and Cuba in his meeting with […]

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Iran’s Clandestine Finance System

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at Iran’s clandestine finance system: Iran established a clandestine banking and finance system to handle tens of billions of dollars in annual trade banned under U.S.-led sanctions, enabling Tehran to endure the economic siege and giving it leverage in multilateral nuclear talks, according to Western diplomats, intelligence […]

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Iran In Talks With Afghanistan To Resume Ambitious Rail Project

Via The Frontier Post, a report that Iran is in talks with the Taliban to resume an ambitious rail project: Iran is holding talks with the Taliban to resume construction of an ambitious rail project that ultimately aims to connect at least five Central Asian countries, according to an Iranian official. Iran is ready to make […]

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Belt & Road Reaching Far and Wide In Middle East

Via The Asia Times, an article on how China’s infrastructure scheme is now connected from Iran through Iraq to the eastern Mediterranean with more links to come: “All eyes on Ukraine,” writes a former staff member of a British prime minister in an email. That is understandable, but not to the exclusion of everything else. […]

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