Sunday, June 27, 2004

U.S. Occupation Forces Release Iranian Diplomat In Baghdad

Description of Selected News: "U.S. Occupation Forces Release Iranian Diplomat In Baghdad

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) - U.S. occupation forces released on Sunday morning the second highest-ranking diplomat of the Iranian embassy to Baghdad after a 20-hour detention.
According to reports the Iranian diplomat was accompanied by two other diplomats and a driver; the diplomats were returning to Baghdad from the Khosravi border.
The high-ranking Iranian diplomat began his mission in Iraq three months ago; The Iraqi foreign ministry has authorized the diplomat to stay in Iraq for a one-year term.
Following this measure that seems to be in response to the detention of eight British soldiers by Iranian naval units, Iran will probably summon the Swiss ambassador to the foreign ministry who cares about the U.S. interests section in Iran.
Certain Arab media claimed on Sunday that the coalition forces in Iraq have detained an Iranian security official in the Iran-Iraq border.
Iranian foreign ministry officials have not yet confirmed the report."

Tabriz was once the center of culture and Islamic civilization

Description of Selected News: "Tabriz Was Once Heart of Culture, Islamic Civilization: British Researcher

Tehran Times Culture Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) - A British researcher says the city of Tabriz was once the center of culture and Islamic civilization.
Talking to reporters, Professor Leonard Lewison said the Azerbaijan region and the city of Tabriz during the Mongol era, until the Safavid dynasty gained suzerainty, was the center of Irano-Islamic civilization.
Participating in the commemoration ceremony of Sheikh Mahmud Shabestari in Tabriz, Lewison described citizen involvement in honoring this renowned mystic as lively and admirable. He said their participation demonstrated they were curious about their past magnificent culture.
Lewison described Shabestari�s The Mystic Rose Garden as masterfully written as other literary and Islamic philosophical works written by Hafiz, Rumi or Eraqi within the realm of Persian literature. 'The Mystic Rose Garden' is the best and smallest poetic work about mysticism; Lewison noted the book was a reliable source for the mystics even after the elapse of many years."

Gola-Ali Hadad-Adel - Neighboring Countries Not Determined To Fight Narcotics

Description of Selected News: "Neighboring Countries Not Determined To Fight Narcotics: Speaker

Tehran Times Social Desk
TEHRAN (MNA)-- None of the countries neighboring Iran are determined to fight narcotics in the region, said Majlis Speaker Gola-Ali Hadad-Adel here on Sunday.
Underscoring the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on fighting drugs, Hadad-Adel said that the government is incapable of fulfilling its obligations against narcotics and other social maladies without a support by the people.
One of the spheres of activity of the Islamic establishment is fighting the narcotics and rehabilitating the addicts; however, both the government and the nation should join hands to fight this internecine social issue, said the speaker in a national festival for praising the NGOs for fighting narcotics."