Iranian foreign minister meets with Israel's enemies in diplomatic flurry

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2023

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met the head of the Tehran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon on October 13.

COMMENT: The new Iran – Azerbaijan transit route reflects shifting geopolitical realities

Fuad Shahbazov October 12, 2023

The revised Zangezur Corridor project through Iran will enable Azerbaijan to restore diplomatic relations and facilitate trade with its big neighbour, while Armenia will remain in play as a future partner for regional transport connections.

Aliyev says Tehran and Baku have agreed on corridor to Nakhchivan via Iran

bne IntelIiNews October 11, 2023

Tehran had expressed its opposition to the idea of the so-called Zangezur corridor, which would cross Armenia’s Syunik province and effectively disconnect Iran from its partner in the Caucasus.

TEHRAN BLOG: Did Iran help Hamas invade Israel?

bne IntelIiNews October 10, 2023

The narrative that Iranian security officials choreographed the Hamas attack relies heavily on the assumption of a level of operational sophistication and control over disparate militant groups that Iran is unlikely to possess.

Iran’s Khamenei says Iran not behind Hamas’ attack

bne IntelIiNews October 10, 2023

Iran's Supreme Leader said the “Zionist regime has suffered an irrevocable defeat both militarily and in terms of intelligence”.

Iran says any foolish act against it will meet a devastating response

bne IntelIiNews October 9, 2023

Western media and politicians have pointed the finger at Iran because of the scale and sophistication of the Hamas operation against Israel.

Two Israelis killed after Egyptian police officer fires on tourists

bne IntelIiNews October 9, 2023

An Egyptian police officer has shot dead two Israeli tourists as tensions simmer across the Eastern Mediterranean following Hamas' incursion in Israel.

Iran's president voices support for Palestinians amid escalating conflict with Israel

bne IntelIiNews October 8, 2023

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has come out in support of Palestine in his latest speech damning Israel.

Catastrophic quake strikes western Afghanistan, Taliban report over 2,000 deaths

bne IntelliNews October 8, 2023

More than 2,000 people have lost their lives following a powerful earthquake in western Afghanistan, the Taliban announced on October 8.

Celebrations in Palestine Square in Tehran over Hamas insurgency

bne IntelIiNews October 7, 2023

Iranians who support the ongoing Hamas insurgency in southern Israel have celebrated in Tehran’s Palestine Square on October 7.

Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi awarded Nobel Peace Prize for 2023

bne IntelIiNews October 6, 2023

The accolade honours Mohammadi's relentless struggle against women's oppression in Iran.

Russia's VTB wants to open in Iran's free trade zones

bne IntelIiNews October 4, 2023

Representatives from Russia's VTB Bank have shown interest in opening offices in Iran's free trade and special economic zones, following their visit to Amirabad Port in north Iran.

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.