News ID: 137564
Published: 0706 GMT February 29, 2016

Iran protests Saudi Arabia over visa denial

Iran protests Saudi Arabia over visa denial

Iran protested Saudi Arabia over its refusal to issue visas for an Iranian political delegation that sought to join a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the kingdom.

Hamid Baeidinejad, the director general for political and international security affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said the move was "illegal" and “discriminatory”, saying the Islamic Republic has notified Saudi authorities of its objection to the move, Press TV reported.

“Any decision taken in Jeddah in the absence of the Iranian political delegation lacks any official status and credit,” he emphasized.

The meeting, which will gather senior officials from the 57-member body’s members, took place over Sunday and Monday in the port city.

 

 

"Homeless women sell children for $650"

 

The head of Iran Red Crescent Society's (IRCS) Volunteer Organization said on Monday that that some homeless women sell their children for around 20 million rials (nearly $650) in Tehran.

According to Tasnim News Agency, Farahnaz Rafe’ said that the children are rented for "begging" at the price of 150,000 rials ($5) a day.

Rafe’ added that his organization has taken measure to give shelter to the needy women.

 

Ministry moving military plants out of Tehran

 

An official said on Sunday that Defense Ministry will move its military plants out of Tehran by October.

"More than 80 percent of the arms industry plants have been moved out of the municipal areas of Tehran and the rest will be closed until end of (the Iranian month of) Mehr (October 21)," Tasnim News Agency quoted Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Eslami as saying.

He said new locations have been chosen and the plants are being relocated.

Under a plan, Iranian military forces are obliged to gradually move their bases, barracks and arms factories out of residential areas and cities.

 

Terrorist group busted in Kermanshah

 

Iran's security forces have busted a terrorist group in the western province of Kermanshah, Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaqari said.

“A terrorist cell crossed the border in the city of Sumar on Sunday and fortunately the terrorists were arrested,” Zolfaqari said, Tasnim News Agency reported.

According to the official, two of the terrorists were killed in the operation and several weapons were seized from them.

Nasrollah Moradi, the deputy governor general of Kermanshah, said on Monday that the terrorists were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Tehran and other major cities.

On Sunday, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi also said security forces have foiled two terrorist plots ahead of the Friday elections.

   
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