Friday, June 11, 2004

Irans Blogging VP meets with Kyrgyz President

Persian Journal Iran News : "Vice-President for legal and parliamentary affairs Mohammad Ali Abtahi held talks with Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev here Thursday.

On the sidelines of a regional conference on dialogue among civilizations, Akayev appreciated the presence of Iran's high-ranking delegation to the conference as well as the message of his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami.

He hailed Khatami as an outstanding figure who has presented the idea of 'dialogue among civilizations' to the humanity.

Abtahi, for his part, underlined that violence and terrorism are expanding in the region and dialogue is the most effective way to confront them."

CNN.com - Iran tourism project to rival Dubai - Jun 11, 2004

CNN.com - Iran tourism project to rival Dubai - Jun 11, 2004: "Iran tourism project to rival Dubai
Friday, June 11, 2004 Posted: 7:42 AM EDT (1142 GMT)

Kish, which lies north of Dubai, is a designated free trade zone.

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran's top foreign investment decision-making body has given the green light to a 1.7 billion euro ($2.0 billion) luxury tourism project on the Gulf island of Kish designed to rival nearby tourism hotspot Dubai.

Islamic rules on women's dress and mingling of the sexes are less strictly enforced on Kish although women are still required to wear headscarves and cover their bodies when swimming, and alcohol consumption is banned.

The "Flower of the East" project -- the largest in the tourism sector since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution - reflects increasing efforts by the OPEC power to attract foreign money and diversify its economy away from staple oil.

Khaleej Times Online

Khaleej Times Online

TEHERAN - Two of Iran’s most powerful leaders - Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hasan Rowhani – on Friday warned European governments they might regret pandering to Teheran’s arch-foe Washington by submitting a strongly critical draft resolution on its nuclear programme to the UN watchdog.


The draft to be put before the board governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency by Britain, France and Germany next week “gives the impression that Europe and the United States are working together to deprive Iran of nuclear technology,” Rafsanjani told worshippers at the main weekly Muslim prayers in Teheran.

“If that is the case, they will regret it,” warned the former president who remains extremely influential within the Islamic regime.

The draft “reflects the position of the United States and some Western countries,” Rowhani, who is in charge of Iran’s nuclear affairs, told state television.