Monday, October 25, 2004

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Description of Selected News: "Lebanese president praises Iran's support of Beirut


BEIRUT (IRNA) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahud appreciated on Monday efforts made by Iranian officials particularly President Mohammad Khatami, to support Beirut's political stances.

Lahud made the remark in a meeting with Iran's Presidential Advisor Mohammad Sadr in Beirut.

In the meeting, Lahud also underlined Beirut's support for Tehran's political stances.

Sadr, for his part, conveyed the warm greetings of President Khatami to the Lebanese president and nation and congratulated him on his reelection as the president of Lebanon.

In a gathering of reporters in Beirut after the meeting, Sadr underlined continuous consultations between Iran and Lebanon as well as strengthening of mutual cooperation in all areas, economic in particular."

Iran hints it may suspend some nuclear activities

Iran hints it may suspend some nuclear activities: "Iran hints it may suspend some nuclear activities

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TEHRAN, OCTOBER 25: Iran indicated today, it may suspend some nuclear activities in a bid to reach a compromise with the Europeans, but it did not say which activities. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Hasan Rowhani, told state television the government was still considering its response to the offer made by Britain, Germany and France at last week’s meeting on the iranian nuclear programme.

‘‘We are trying to choose the best course of work,’’ he said. The United States believes Iran has a covert programme to produce nuclear weapons and has been lobbying for the international atomic energy agency to refer Iran to the UN Security Council, which could impose sanctions.



In an effort to avoid a confrontation, the European Union has offered Iran a package of incentives in return for its permanently giving up uranium enrichment.

Iran has repeatedly said it will never abandon enrichment, a technology that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors as well as bombs, but on Monday Rowhani suggested some flexibility in the negotiations with the Europeans.

‘‘Indefinite doesn’t mean permanent,’’ Rowhani said. ‘‘They (Europeans) called for indefinite suspension as long as talks are underway. They say, for instance, that if negotiations are to last 6 or 7 months, then Iran should not violate the suspension for that period.’’

He did not elaborate and it was not clear what Iran would suspend.

It is currently suspending the actual enrichment of uranium, but it is continuing with related activities, such as building nuclear centrifuges, that the International Atomic Energy Agency has asked it to stop."

Mellat Electronic Newspaper: Sohbani to Lead Majlis Budgeting Committee

Mellat Electronic Newspaper: "Sohbani to Lead Majlis Budgeting Committee

TEHRAN - The Majlis Presiding Board elections took place on Tuesday.
Among the interesting appointments was the election of Hassan Sobhani as Chairman of the Planning and Budget Commission. Former presidential candidate (in 2001) Ahmad Tavakoli was thought to be Sobhani's main rival for the position.
Sobhani's selection is significant. The Seventh Majlis is trying to send a message to the Expediency Council (EC) and the Guardian Council (GC) that it is not looking for confrontation, analysts told IRAN NEWS.
If Tavakoli had been chosen, the Fourth Economic Development Plan may have ended up in the EC for arbitration and there may well have been disagreements between Tavakoli and the EC chief Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Tavakoli has been a harsh critic of Rafsanjani's economic policy dating back to the 1980s. Tavakoli who hold a Ph.D. in economic from Nothingham University in the UK had opposed Rafsanjani's economic strategy on many occasions.
Some experts even opine that one of the reasons Rafsanjani's vote tally during his reelection in 1993 was lower than anticipated was due to Tavakoli's criticisms on his economic policy.
Observers speculate that the decision-makers in the Seventh Majlis were trying to avoid a potential ideological and personality clash when choosing Sobhani.
It is notable that Sobhani himself is an economist with a Ph.D. who certainly may have deep philosophical and ideological beliefs. However, those who are familiar with him describe him as a non-confrontational person.
What's more, pundits who watch the Majlis closely say that not even one of the hardline conservatives managed to secure a commission chairmanship. Despite the predictions and expectations, the Seventh Majlis is - so far - pursuing a moderation and middle-of-the-road tactic.
The big question is whether this trend will continue in the coming months and leading up to the next presidential election in June 2005?"

Mellat Electronic Newspaper: Sohbani to Lead Majlis Budgeting Committee

Mellat Electronic Newspaper: "Sohbani to Lead Majlis Budgeting Committee

TEHRAN - The Majlis Presiding Board elections took place on Tuesday.
Among the interesting appointments was the election of Hassan Sobhani as Chairman of the Planning and Budget Commission. Former presidential candidate (in 2001) Ahmad Tavakoli was thought to be Sobhani's main rival for the position.
Sobhani's selection is significant. The Seventh Majlis is trying to send a message to the Expediency Council (EC) and the Guardian Council (GC) that it is not looking for confrontation, analysts told IRAN NEWS.
If Tavakoli had been chosen, the Fourth Economic Development Plan may have ended up in the EC for arbitration and there may well have been disagreements between Tavakoli and the EC chief Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Tavakoli has been a harsh critic of Rafsanjani's economic policy dating back to the 1980s. Tavakoli who hold a Ph.D. in economic from Nothingham University in the UK had opposed Rafsanjani's economic strategy on many occasions.
Some experts even opine that one of the reasons Rafsanjani's vote tally during his reelection in 1993 was lower than anticipated was due to Tavakoli's criticisms on his economic policy.
Observers speculate that the decision-makers in the Seventh Majlis were trying to avoid a potential ideological and personality clash when choosing Sobhani.
It is notable that Sobhani himself is an economist with a Ph.D. who certainly may have deep philosophical and ideological beliefs. However, those who are familiar with him describe him as a non-confrontational person.
What's more, pundits who watch the Majlis closely say that not even one of the hardline conservatives managed to secure a commission chairmanship. Despite the predictions and expectations, the Seventh Majlis is - so far - pursuing a moderation and middle-of-the-road tactic.
The big question is whether this trend will continue in the coming months and leading up to the next presidential election in June 2005?"

Mellat Electronic Newspaper: Sohbani to Lead Majlis Budgeting Committee

Mellat Electronic Newspaper: "Sohbani to Lead Majlis Budgeting Committee

TEHRAN - The Majlis Presiding Board elections took place on Tuesday.
Among the interesting appointments was the election of Hassan Sobhani as Chairman of the Planning and Budget Commission. Former presidential candidate (in 2001) Ahmad Tavakoli was thought to be Sobhani's main rival for the position.
Sobhani's selection is significant. The Seventh Majlis is trying to send a message to the Expediency Council (EC) and the Guardian Council (GC) that it is not looking for confrontation, analysts told IRAN NEWS.
If Tavakoli had been chosen, the Fourth Economic Development Plan may have ended up in the EC for arbitration and there may well have been disagreements between Tavakoli and the EC chief Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Tavakoli has been a harsh critic of Rafsanjani's economic policy dating back to the 1980s. Tavakoli who hold a Ph.D. in economic from Nothingham University in the UK had opposed Rafsanjani's economic strategy on many occasions.
Some experts even opine that one of the reasons Rafsanjani's vote tally during his reelection in 1993 was lower than anticipated was due to Tavakoli's criticisms on his economic policy.
Observers speculate that the decision-makers in the Seventh Majlis were trying to avoid a potential ideological and personality clash when choosing Sobhani.
It is notable that Sobhani himself is an economist with a Ph.D. who certainly may have deep philosophical and ideological beliefs. However, those who are familiar with him describe him as a non-confrontational person.
What's more, pundits who watch the Majlis closely say that not even one of the hardline conservatives managed to secure a commission chairmanship. Despite the predictions and expectations, the Seventh Majlis is - so far - pursuing a moderation and middle-of-the-road tactic.
The big question is whether this trend will continue in the coming months and leading up to the next presidential election in June 2005?"

IranMania News

IranMania News: "Lawmaker demands explanation

Monday, October 25, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Oct 25 (IranMania) - A prominent lawmaker MP from Tabriz called for the disclosure of names of 80 lawmakers who recently visited Mashhad.

Akbar Alami also told IRNA Sunday if this list is released, it will prevent defamation of other MPs.

"During an open Majlis session held to follow up the visit of lawmakers to Mashhad, only Majlis Speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel advised the MPs and did not allow them to air their problems," he said.

A number of lawmakers visited Mashhad at the invitation of hoteliers which was objected to by other MPs.

Alami pointed out that such a behavior by lawmakers will lead to emergence of people like Shahram Jazayeri-Arab, a wealthy fraudster linked to officials, who was convicted for financial corruption."