Iran expects influx of fans during World Cup in neighboring Qatar

Hoping to attract some of the soccer fans flocking to nearby Qatar, Iran announced on Wednesday that it will waive visa fees for spectators of the 2022 World Cup final. “Cabinet has agreed to make visas free for spectators of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar who wish to visit Iran,” Iranian government spokesman Ali … Read more

Afghan protests against Iran strain ties between Tehran and Kabul

A Taliban-led wave of demonstrations against Iranian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan has strained ties between the two neighbors, with Tehran summoning the Afghan chargé d’affaires in protest and suspending consular services in the country. Dozens of Afghans resumed their protests Tuesday against Iranian “cruelties” after videos that appeared to show refugees being beaten were widely … Read more

US ‘imposes new conditions’ on nuclear talks: Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday that Washington is “imposing new conditions” in negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear deal. “On the issue of lifting sanctions, they (the Americans) are interested in proposing and imposing new conditions outside of the negotiations,” the top diplomat was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. … Read more

Oil production in Iran reaches pre-sanction levels

Iran’s oil production has recovered to the level it was in 2018, before the United States unilaterally withdrew from a nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions on the country, a senior Iranian official said on Monday. “Oil production has reached pre-sanction figures, despite economic pressures,” Mohsen Khojastehmehr, chief executive of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), … Read more

Iran will not return to Vienna unless nuclear deal ends

Iran said on Monday it would only return to Vienna to finalize a deal to revive its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, with the final steps up to Washington. Tehran has been engaged in lengthy negotiations in the Austrian capital to revive the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action … Read more

Politically charged showdown between the United States and Iran in the first Middle East World Cup

The most controversial World Cup in history will feature the most politically charged clashes in Qatar. As in 1998, the United States will play Iran with diplomatic relations yet to be restored between the nations. Add to the mix in Group B England, whose government has endured strained relations with Tehran. The group could still … Read more

Activists call for expulsion from Iran World Cup for banning women’s stadiums

Human rights activists called on Friday for FIFA to sanction Iran and even expel it from the 2022 World Cup over the country’s decision to ban women from attending an international soccer match. Iranian news agencies confirmed this week that 2,000 women who had bought tickets for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Lebanon in the … Read more