Turkey and Azerbaijan would settle for land corridor running via Iran rather than Armenia claims Erdogan

bne IntelIiNews September 27, 2023

Turkish strongman and Azerbaijani counterpart Aliyev appear to have eased up on ‘Zangezur’ demand. But analysts think it might only be a temporary tactical retreat.

COMMENT: Time for Europe to get tough on Azerbaijan

bne IntelIiNews September 26, 2023

“By launching a military offensive in Nagorny Karabakh, President Aliyev forfeited the trust of Europeans. Azerbaijan’s status as a transport hub cannot be a reason for the EU to go soft on Baku,” says scholar Thomas de Waal.

Iranian paper warns Azerbaijan of ‘changes in Baku’ if it presses home advantage against Armenia

bne IntelliNews September 26, 2023

Iran says it will take action against any attempt by Turkey and Azerbaijan to try to create a land bridge between the two countries across Armenia’s Syunik region next to the Iranian border.

Aliyev and Erdogan look set to insist on land bridge across Armenia linking Azerbaijan and Turkey

bne IntelIiNews September 25, 2023

Two presidents pointedly meet in key Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan as they look to press home advantage won by quick success of Baku’s Karabakh offensive.

Iran and Egypt agree to revive joint bank after a decade

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2023

Capital of Misr Iran Development Bank to be boosted as relations between Iran and Egypt revive.

A slow thaw in frozen US-Iran relations has led to booming oil exports

Ali Behboudian September 25, 2023

The deep freeze that has been US-Iran relations is slowly thawing. That doesn’t mean relations will become “good” anytime soon. But it does mean that Iran will be able to slowly reintegrate into the global economy.

MACRO ADVISORY: Can new political allies help revive Iran’s old economy?

Chris Weafer CEO of Macro-Advisory September 22, 2023

Iran is emerging from international isolation, not with former partners in Western nations but with countries in the Eurasia region, Asia, other Middle Eastern states and Africa.

Iran and Russia unleash a contractual tsunami in several meetings

bne IntelIiNews September 20, 2023

Iran and Russia are converging in sectors for the first time as both countries face off against the US and the West.

Russian, Iranian defence chief meet in Tehran to discuss the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh

bne IntelliNews September 19, 2023

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, in Tehran on September 19 to continue building on good ties and discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

Will the Iran-US prisoner swap lead to better relations?

bne IntelliNews September 19, 2023

A rare deal came through between Iran and the US on September 18 that could potentially pave the way for further de-escalation in the historically tense bilateral ties.

Ronaldo lands in Tehran for friendly game with his team Al Nassr

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2023

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr football team arrived in Tehran early on September 18 for the first match of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League 2023-24 against Iranian club Persepolis.

Iran releases five US citizens after receiving €5.5bn of frozen funds

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2023

Iran has released five dual Iranian-US citizens and put the ex-prisoners on a Qatar Airways chartered flight out of the country, FlightRadar reports.

Unidentified air defence accident over northern Iranian city of Gorgan

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2023

Following the explosion of an unidentified flying object in Gorgan, the Chief of the Golestan Judiciary, Heydar Asiyabi, has announced the initiation of a judicial investigation into the incident.

Iran's petrol crisis: low quality, high demand

bne IntelIiNews September 17, 2023

A new leaked document from the Iranian government has indicated that only 20% of the country’s petrol is Euro-4 or Euro-5 compliant.

TEHRAN BLOG: Iran's challenges remain daunting, one year after Amini's death

bne IntelliNews September 15, 2023

The causes of the protests – discontent with the theocratic ruling system, economic grievances, the fight for women’s rights – remain relevant one year on from her death in the custody of the country's morality police.

Iranians are returning to Dagestan after 300-year absence

bne IntelIiNews September 14, 2023

Iranians are returning to Dagestan with a new group visa waiver programme between Tehran and Moscow. Locked away from Derbent for 300 years, direct flights to the region will start on September 20.

Iran becomes third-largest crude oil producer in OPEC as Saudi turns down taps

bne IntelIiNews September 13, 2023

Iranian production hits 3mn bpd in August, rising by 143,000 bpd compared to July.

G20 powers get Erdogan’s back up with $17bn trade corridor that excludes Turkey

bne IntelIiNews September 12, 2023

“There is no corridor without Turkey,” fumes Turkish president after announcement of $17bn India-Middle East-Europe infrastructure project.

Widespread internet disruption in Iran ahead of Amini anniversary

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2023

Iranian authorities are purposefully disconnecting entire regions and throttling speeds in Tehran in expectation of a repeat of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16 last year.