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25 February 2005

No one seems to be taking Bush's Iran hysteria too seriously...

One of the main reasons that I firmly believe that most of the world - especially the EU, China, India, and the other leading powers - will not support any moves toward a U.S. war on Iran is because Iran is one of the very few emerging markets in the world where the U.S. itself deliberately bars the partcipation of U.S. multi-national firms. So, if you're European, Chinese, or otherwise and want to tap into a major energy-rich market but you don't want to compete with American multi-nationals, Iran is perfect.

European firms display wares in Iran
KISH, Iran - As President Bush pressures European allies to get tougher with Iran, NBC News got a rare glimpse inside the country — at an Iranian air show attended by some of the world's leading military contractors eager to do business with America's adversary.

Russia's energy chief flies to Iran to seal nuclear deal
MOSCOW (AFX) - Russia's atomic agency chief, Alexander Rumyantsev, has flown to Iran to sign a vital agreement, on the return of nuclear fuel, that will finally allow Russia to launch the Islamic state's first nuclear power plant.

Iran Lures BNP, HSBC for Loans; U.S. Banks Barred
BNP Paribas SA and over two dozen European, Asian and African banks are vying to arrange an estimated $50 billion of corporate loans in Iran. U.S. policies bar the world's three biggest lenders -- Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JP Morgan Chase & Co. -- from the market.

Thai princess keen to expand ties with Iran
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 25, IRNA -- Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in a meeting with Iran`s Ambassador to Thailand Mohsen Pak Ayin here Friday referred to the historical background of mutual relations as a solid base for expansion of Iran-Thailand [ties].

Supreme leader receives Pak prime minister
Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei received the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Showkat Aziz and his accompanying delegation here on Wednesday evening.

Chinese journalists to visit Iran
Beijing, Feb 24, IRNA -- A number of Chinese journalists are to head for Iran on Thursday to visit the tourism attractions of the country.

Iran, Syria keen to expand cultural relations
Damascus, Feb 23, IRNA -- Deputy head of Islamic Culture and Communications Organization (ICCO), Mehdi Sana`ei, and Syrian Culture Minister Mahmud al-Sayyid in a meeting here Wednesday discussed ways of expanding cultural ties with the objective of making optimum use of literary and cultural commonalties.

Iran, Pakistan sign four memoranda of understanding
Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA -- Iran and Pakistan signed here Wednesday four memoranda of understanding on promoting bilateral relations. The four memoranda of understanding were signed in the presence of First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

Strengthening news cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan
Baku, Feb 19, IRNA -- Strengthening news cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan Republic was emphasized in a meeting between Iran`s ambassador to Baku and the heads of IRNA and IRIB bureaus there with the head of Azerbaijan State News Agency "AzerTAJ" on Saturday. In the meeting, Iran`s Ambassador to Baku, Afshar Soleymani, evaluated the role and cooperation of the two countries` media in consolidation of mutual ties "important".

Iran, Tunisia study ways to expand mutual cooperation
Algiers, Feb 16, IRNA -- Iranian Ambassador to Tunisia Seyed Baqer Sakhaei and Tunisian Minister of Development and International Cooperation Mohamed Nouri Jouini exchanged views on Wednesday on ways for further expansion of mutual cooperation.

Bush statements won`t affect Russia-Iran relations - Primakov
Tehran, Feb 13, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Recent statements by US President George W Bush on Iran will have no effect on the Russian-Iranian political and economic relations, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yevgeny Primakov said. "I do not think that the United States can launch a land operation against Iran," he said.

Iranian artists hold exhibition in Dubai
Dubai, Feb 12, IRNA --A painting and calligraphy exhibition by Iranian artists has opened in Dubai Art International Center.

Germany calls for end to Iran`s isolation, incentives to end
Munich, Feb 12, SPA/IRNA -- Germany appealed Saturday for the United States to join Europe in ending the isolation of Iran, saying economic and security incentives were needed to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

26th anniversary of Islamic Revolution celebrated in Brussels
Brussels, Feb 11, IRNA -- A large number of diplomats and officials from the European Union, Belgium and several other countries attended a reception at the residence of the Iranian ambassador in Brussels Thursday night to mark the 26th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The participants included members of European Parliament, businessmen, scholars, journalists, artists and members of the Iranian expatriate community.

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