• Travelers sit overlooking the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan. (Photograph: James Strachan/Getty/Robert Harding World Imagery) 2017-08-17 13:53

    Some 360,000 Iranian expats toured home in 3-month span

    TEHRAN – A total of 360,200 of expatriate Iranians visited home as sightseers during the first three months of the current Iranian year (March 21 – June 21), a tourism official says.

  • Regional countries to help Iran reshape medical touris 2017-08-06 09:51

    Regional countries to help Iran reshape medical tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran has signed agreements with 13 neighboring countries with the aim of developing and reorganizing its medical tourism sector.

  • Afghan students 2017-07-17 19:37

    By Mehdi Sepahvand

    Iran turning Soviet-American wreckage into good, serving Afghans

    “F*** the Russia!” says Baba, father of the protagonist of Khaled Hosseini’s novel “The Kite Runner” and a post-Soviet invasion Afghan refugee in the U.S. The old man is “still adjusting” to American ways, including English language.

  • narcotics 2017-07-09 19:54

    ‘30% of narcotics in Afghanistan transited to Europe through Iran’

    TEHRAN – Parviz Afshar, the head of Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters, said on Sunday that 30 percent of the narcotics being produced in Afghanistan are smuggled to Europe through Iran.

  • Afhganistan 2017-07-04 09:55

    By Amitai Etzioni

    Time to say goodbye to Afghanistan

    The window during which President Donald Trump can extricate U.S. forces from the mess in Afghanistan and blame his predecessors for the calamity is rapidly closing.

  • afghanistan 2017-07-03 20:30

    Top Iranian delegation to visit Afghanistan

    TEHRAN – A member of Afghanistan’s Council of Ministers said on Monday that a top Iranian delegation plans to visit Kabul in the near future.

  • qassemi 2017-06-24 10:04

    Iran condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Friday condemned a terrorist attack in the southern Afghan province of Helmand in which dozens of people were killed in a car bomb blast.

  • پرچم ایران و افغانستان 2017-06-17 20:31

    Iran, Afghanistan kick off five-pronged strategic talks

    TEHRAN – A large delegation of Afghan officials traveled to Tehran on Saturday to start a previously arranged series of talks with Iranian officials in five strategic fields.

  • Huge Kabul blast shows failure to counter terror, Iran regrets 2017-05-31 18:58

    Huge Kabul blast shows failure to counter terror, Iran regrets

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday strongly condemned a huge bomb blast in the Afghan capital Kabul, saying failure to counter terrorism and cut support for the extremists have led to increase in number of terrorist attacks.

  • iran russia afghanistan 2017-05-25 15:35

    Iranian, Russian, Afghan security chiefs to meet soon

    TEHRAN – Iran, Russia and Afghanistan have agreed to hold a trilateral summit headed by their respective secretaries of national security in Kabul in the near future, the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council announced on Wednesday.

  • Party chief: Only Iran striving for Afghan peace 2017-05-23 20:47

    Party chief: Only Iran striving for Afghan peace

    TEHRAN – Secretary General of Afghanistan's National Welfare Party Mohammad Hassan Jafari says Iran is the only country that wants peace and stability in Afghanistan.

  • بهرام قاسمی سخنگوی وزارت امور خارجه 2017-05-14 20:28

    By Ali Kushki 

    Iran urges coordination with Kabul to restore peace  

    TEHRAN – Any efforts by foreign actors to establish contacts with various consequential groups in the embattled Afghanistan should be coordinated with its central government, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has said. 

  • ظریف 2017-05-07 21:05

    By Ali Kushki

    Zarif: Strategic roadmap with Afghanistan in the pipeline 

    KABUL – Having met with senior Afghan officials in Kabul on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the two sides have agreed on working toward a “strategic” roadmap which addresses issues of mutual concern.  

  • zarif 2017-05-06 22:09

    By Ali Kushki

    Iran’s Zarif heads to Afghanistan for senior talks

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for Kabul on Sunday morning for high-level talks with top Afghan officials.

  • Parting 2017-05-06 18:33

    “Parting” named best at Tripoli filmfest

    TEHRAN – “Parting”, a joint production of Iran and Afghanistan by Navid Mahmudi, won the award for best film at the Tripoli Film Festival, which was held in the Lebanese city from April 27 to May 4.

  • A poster for the 3rd International ECO-Silk Road Food Festival 2017-05-01 18:59

    12 countries to attend Zanjan gastronomy festival

    TEHRAN – The historical city of Zanjan, northwestern Iran, will play host to the 3rd International ECO-Silk Road Food Festival with the theme of “Together for Sustainable Tourism” from May 10 to 12. ECO stands for Economic Cooperation Organization.

  • dust storm 2017-04-26 17:32

    Tehran to host UN summit on dust storms

    TEHRAN — The United Nation will hold a summit on sand and dust storms in the fourth Iranian calendar month of Tir (June 22-July 22), environment chief Masoumeh Ebtekar said.

  • Trump 2017-04-18 04:44

    Trump’s loose talk on North Korea

    As a candidate, Donald Trump seemed to pay no more attention to North Korea’s accelerating nuclear weapons program, which his predecessor has warned is America’s most urgent threat, than he did to other complex foreign policy issues.

  • An undated photo above shows people doing their new year shopping ahead of Noruz in Tehran. 2017-03-23 02:14

    UNESCO chief calls Noruz cradle of confidence, belonging for all

    TEHRAN - The head of the United Nations cultural agency has said that amid global challenges such as violent extremism, Noruz is a source of confidence and belonging for all.

  • International Criminal Court 2017-03-19 13:17

    200 Afghan prisoners in Iran repatriated

    TEHRAN – An Iranian judicial official in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi on Wednesday said that at least 200 Afghan prisoners were transferred from Iranian jails to their country to continue prison terms in their homeland.

  • مدرسه کودکان کار افغانستانی 2017-03-17 00:11

    UN hails Iran for embracing refugees

    TEHRAN – The United Nations on Thursday hailed Iran’s generous hosting of millions of violence-stricken asylum seekers and refugees, particularly those from neighboring Afghanistan.

  • Iran denounces Daesh deadly attack in Kabul 2017-03-08 21:19

    Iran denounces Daesh deadly attack in Kabul

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned a deadly attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday.

  • Europe 2017-03-07 01:46


    Fearing U.S. withdrawal, Europe considers its own nuclear deterrent

    An idea, once unthinkable, is gaining attention in European policy circles: a European Union nuclear weapons program.

  • تیم ملی فوتبال ساحلی 2017-03-06 14:44

    AFC Beach Soccer Championship: Iran 6-1 Afghanistan

    Islamic Republic of Iran cruised to their second win in Group A of the 2017 AFC Beach Soccer Championship after beating Afghanistan 6-1 in Kuala Terengganu on Monday.

  • refugee 2017-03-03 04:54

    By Jorge Moreira da Silva

    How poor countries foot the refugee bill

    The Syrian refugee crisis has focused attention on the need to improve management of refugee flows during times of crisis.

  • Ahmad Vahid Omidi 2017-02-25 18:35

    Afghanistan’s “Fisherman” crowned best at Intl. 100-Second Film Festival

    TEHRAN – Afghan director Ahmad Vahid Omidi’s “The Fisherman” has won the best film award in the international section of the 11th International 100-Second Film Festival in Tehran.

  • Iran strongly condemns Kabul terrorist attack 2017-02-08 20:11

    Iran strongly condemns Kabul terrorist attack

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned on Wednesday the recent suicide bombing near Afghanistan's Supreme Court in Kabul that killed at least 20 people and injured dozens.

  • refugee 2017-02-07 10:11

    Afghan refugees extend thanks to Leader 

    TEHRAN — In a letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released on Monday the Religious Bodies Coordinating Council of Afghan Refugees in Tehran expressed gratitude for the services Iran has offered to the refugees, Tasnim reported.

  • Tadamichi Yamamoto 2017-01-30 11:11

    UN’s Afghanistan envoy meets Zarif

    TEHRAN – The special representative for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan on Sunday met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran.

  • qassemi 2017-01-18 14:13

    Iran condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday strongly condemned a recent terrorist attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which resulted in the death and injury of a number of UAE diplomats as well as Afghan officials and citizens.