My piece for Reuters: Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran’s state grain buying agency said. “We are ready for a big leap in the post-sanctions era. We hope by removing the

My report for Reuters: The family of an Iranian-British former BBC journalist who was detained last week in Tehran were told on Saturday that he was in the capital’s Evin prison, a friend told Reuters. Bahman Daroshafaei, 34, a translator and former BBC Persian service reporter, was detained on Wednesday at his home, according to

my reporting for Reuters: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decade. Iran’s most powerful figure told Chinese President Xi

My reporting for Reuters: Tehran-based e-commerce firm Takhfifan found it impossible to attract foreign investment when it launched in 2011 but it took only two days for a potential foreign investor to get in touch after sanctions on Iran were lifted. “When I was launching my company I talked to several foreign investors but none

An Iranian poet detained on Friday on arrival back in Tehran has been released on bail after being informed she had been convicted and sentenced in absentia on charges related to her cultural activities, a relative told Reuters on Sunday. Hila Sedighi was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport as she returned from the United

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Hassan Khomeini’s prifile for Reuters:   A grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is expected to seek election early next year to the body that chooses Iran‘s supreme leader and is said to have the cautious blessing of the incumbent, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Registration opens on Thursday for the election that is likely to see the first

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  • Fri, Nov, 15
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My interview with Iran’s deputy agriculture minister for Reuters: Iran’s state grain buying agency, the Government Trading Corporation (GTC), said on Tuesday lifting sanctions would help bring the cost of imported wheat down by as much as 30 percent. In an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the 26th Annual IAOM Mideast and Africa Conference

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My interview for Reuters summit: Iranian twins Hamid and Saeed Mohammadi created online retailer Digikala after struggling to buy a digital camera and ending up with a counterfeit. Eight years later “Iran’s Amazon” says it employs 900 people and processes 10,000 orders a day. With the prospect of sanctions over the country’s disputed nuclear programme

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  • Sun, Sep, 15
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By  Sam Wilkins and me for Reuters: Two months after Iran reached a nuclear deal that will open its markets to the world, officials are warning of economic stagnation as consumers hold off on purchases of domestic goods while they wait for international brands to arrive. From cars to fridges and televisions, shoppers are excited at

My interview for Reuters: Four years after Iran spent $87 million to buy an oil drilling rig that was never delivered, the broker in the deal has given his side of a story he describes as a cautionary tale for Western investors impatient for an end to sanctions. Speaking to clear his name after being


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