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There are 8 messages totalling 470 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Saudi Expects Long-Awaited Khatami Visit In May
2. Epbi To Open Forex Account For Qualified Applicant
3. Niazi: New Suspects Prosecuted In Relation To Seri
4. Greece Condemns Mko Terrorist Acts
5. FM Spokesman Comments On Elections In Turkey
6. PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 21
7. Wednesday Newspaper Headlines In Tehran
8. The Caspian Sea

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:47:00 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Saudi Expects Long-Awaited Khatami Visit In May

Saudi Expects Long-Awaited Khatami Visit In May
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03:29 a.m. Apr 21, 1999 Eastern
DUBAI, April 21 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia expects Iran's
President Mohammad Khatami to visit the kingdom at the end of
May after delays caused by internal Iranian affairs, a Saudi
official was quoted as saying.
In identical reports on Wednesday, Saudi newspapers quoted a
high-ranking official, which usually refers to a government
minister, as saying Khatami would visit the kingdom at the end
of next month.

The official said Iran had informed Saudi Arabia that the delay
in the visit, which was expected last month, was due to the
holding of municipal elections and other internal issues.

The trip would be the highest-ranking by an Iranian official
since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The official said Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan was due
to visit Iran on May 8. Saudi newspapers said Prince Sultan
would start a tour of Tunisia, Iran and Pakistan next week.

The region's two most powerful countries are also among the
world's top oil producers. Good relations between them are seen
as vital for regional stability.

They recently settled a dispute over Iranian oil production
levels, paving the way for a broader deal between oil producers
to cut output to raise low prices.

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia turned sour after the
Islamic revolution that toppled Iran's Western-backed monarchy
amid Gulf Arab suspicions of Iran's armament programme, its
support for Moslem militants and fears it might be interfering
in other countries' internal affairs.

Iran had repeatedly tried to allay its neighbours' fears and
ties have improved since Khatami, a moderate Shi'ite Moslem
cleric, took office in 1997 and promoted the policy of breaking
Iran's regional isolation.

((Gulf newsroom, +971 4 607 1222, fax +9714 626982,
dubai.newsroom+reuters.com))


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:47:46 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Epbi To Open Forex Account For Qualified Applicant

Epbi To Open Forex Account For Qualified Applicants
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thr 049
iran-forex-account
epbi to open forex account for qualified applicants
tehrannt for qualified applicants
tehrannt for qualified applicants
tehran, april 21, irna -- the computerized branches of export
promotio bank of iran (epbi) on wednesday declared their full
readiness to provide special facilities in the shortest possible time
to open a foreign exchange account for owners of hard currencies.
according to the public relation office of the export promotion
center of iran, the measures are aimed at promoting export of non-oil
commodities.
all exporters and owners of manufacturing and servicing companies
along with all legal and corporate entities whether domestic or
foreign who possesses foreign exchanges such as dollar, mark, pound,
yen,... can open the account in the epbi branches, said the report.
the bank is going to pay a suitable interest rates on the foreign
currencies deposited with the bank and to cover all banking
operations of the customers such as issuance of foreign exchange
drafts less than an hour at any place around the world.
the computerized branches of the bank in the cities of yazd, sari,
shiraz, tabriz, mashhad, isfahan, qeshm, astara, orumiyeh, bushehr,
ahvaz, zanjan, rasht, qom, gorgan as well as four branches in tehran
are ready to open the foreign exchange accounts for cliants.
mm/rr
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::irna 21/04/99 16:39

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:48:14 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Niazi: New Suspects Prosecuted In Relation To Seri

Niazi: New Suspects Prosecuted In Relation To Serial Killings
=============================================================


thr 062
serial murders-niazi
niazi: new suspects prosecuted in relation to serial killings
zanjan, april 21, irna -- head of the judicial organization of the
armed forces hojatoleslam mohammad niazi said here on wednesday that
some new suspects have been prosecuted in connection with recent
serial murders.
niazi said that the case is under investigation and experienced
experts are working on it round-the-clock.
he said ''good information'' has been obtained during the
investigation process which would be made public at an appropriate
time.
he added that there are numerous evidences of foreign hands being
at work in recent murders but final comment in this regard is
pending the completion of the probe.
he dismissed as ''baseless'' all articles published by certain
segments of the press concerning the serial murders and said
publishing of such false information would harm the investigation
process.
senior officials of the country are following up the case
seriously and reports will be given to them in due time, niazi added.
rejecting any connection between assassination of lt. general ali
sayyad shirazi and the case of serial murders, niazi called on the
press to avoid guessing about the case or harming the investigation
process by raising ''irresponsible'' statements.
he also brushed aside what has been published by some newspapers
in connection with the assassination attempt on life of the head of
tehran's justice department ali razini.
bg/rr
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::irna 21/04/99 18:35

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:47:58 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Greece Condemns Mko Terrorist Acts

Greece Condemns Mko Terrorist Acts
==================================


thr 057
greece-iran-mko
greece condemns mko terrorist acts
athens, april 21, irna -- the secretary general of the greek foreign
ministry constantine elianos in a recent meeting with iranian
ambassador mehdi khandaqabadi condmened the killing of martyr shirazi
at the hands of the mko terrorist group.
elianos conveyed greece's symapthy to the government and people
of iran over the henious terrorist attack and underlined greece's
rejection and condemantion of all terrorist acts, iranian diplomatic
source told irna wednesday.
the two diplomats also discussed the progress of bilateral
greek-iranian relations.
nk/rr
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::irna 21/04/99 18:15

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:48:24 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: FM Spokesman Comments On Elections In Turkey

FM Spokesman Comments On Elections In Turkey
============================================


thr 007
turkey-iran-elections
fm spokesman comments on elections in turkey
tehran, april 21, irna -- spokesman of the iranian foreign ministry
hamid reza asefi here wednesday expressed satisfaction over the
calm elections in turkey.
asefi said that tehran-ankara fraternal and long-lasting ties are
based on common interests, good neighborly relations and mutual
respect.
within this framework iran welcomes continuation of friendly
relations and cooperation with governments which administer the
affairs in turkey.
ns/ys
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::irna 21/04/99 10:38

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:49:52 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 21

PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 21
==============================


08:50 a.m. Apr 21, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 21 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading
stories in Iranian newspapers on Wednesday. Reuters has not
verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TEHRAN TIMES

- Iran exported $425 million of minerals and metal products in
the Iranian year that ended on March 20, up 12 percent on the
previous year, Mines and Metals Minister Eshaq Jahangiri says.
ARYA

- The Supreme Court rejects a final appeal by former Tehran
mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi against his conviction for graft.

JOMHURI-YE ESLAMI

- An atmosphere of production and prosperity of investment must
be created, Khatami tells Mines and Metals Ministry officials.

- An anti-American seminar will be held in the Tabas desert in
central Iran, the site of a 1980 landing by U.S. planes during a
failed attempt by the United States to free hostages held at the
U.S. embassy in Tehran.

- Six new airports will be soon inaugurated in Iran during the
current Iranian year which runs to March 20.

SALAM

- An Islamic contact group led by Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal
Kharrazi holds talks with Russian officials in Moscow on the
Kosovo crisis.

- More than 300 workers of an industrial plant gathered in front
of the Industry Ministry for eight hours on Tuesday to protest
against not being paid for the past year.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 22:49:38 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Wednesday Newspaper Headlines In Tehran

Wednesday Newspaper Headlines In Tehran
=======================================


wednesday morning's newspaper headlines

thr 003
headlines-press
wednesday morning's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 21, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspapers this morning:
kayhan international:
-human tragedy in kosovo of great concern
-annan urges security council to rebuild unity on kosovo crisis
-mineral sector open to foreign investments - khatami
-powerful kashmir blast kills 6, injures 25
-japanese firms 'losing patience' over iran sanctions
-zanganeh predicts further boost in oil price
iran daily:
-oic ministers discuss kosovo crisis in moscow
-zanganeh, baqerian in closed majlis session
-shell looks favorably at iran oil industry
-italy's sace resumes dlrs 500 million cover for iran
-jahangiri calls for economic reforms
-u.n. moving refugees from 'potential war zone'
-press court responsible for press violations
iran news:
-russia, oic discuss ways to solve kosovo crisis
-who will follow in yazdi's footsteps?
-political and economic development are interdependent
-hassanov: ''russian weapons arsenals in armenia, a threat to
region''
-yugoslav forces cross into u.n. zone in croatia
tehran times:
-yugoslav army starts expelling muslims in montenegro
-putting off may-4 plan sheer blunder by arafat
-making zohreh satellite on tender
-arnett leaving cnn, company says
-u.n. security council calls on taliban to resume peace talks
-clinton to give germany's kohl medal of freedom
-government must bring iranian antiques back home
iran:
-president addressing mines, metals ministry officials: political
development completes revolution
-mohajerani in meeting with tunisian ambassador: freedom is a
delicate issue
-new proposal for change in educational system
-kadivar's lawyer interviewed as special clergy court is to issue
verdict on clergy's case soon
-remnants of 4500-year old civilization unearthed near hamedan
jomhuri eslami:
-president: atmosphere should be created in country for promotion
of investment
-oic contact group discusses kosovo crisis in moscow
-six airports to become operational this year
-supreme court turns down karbaschi's appeal
-on anniversary of u.s. military attack on tabas; people in yazd
province to hold anti-u.s. gathering
salaam:
-president: political development is the completion stage of
islamic revolution
-supreme court rejects karbaschi lawyer's appeal
-oic contact group, russia discuss kosovo crisis
-center for energy studies forecasts oil price hike
-heads of 19 nato members to meet in u.s. tomorrow
abrar:
-mps speak of cabinet reshuffle
-culture, islamic guidance ministry to protest publications
violating press laws
-supreme council turns down karbaschi lawyer's appeal
-economist: current trend of non-oil exports is waste of
national wealth
-national soccer team to play in canada
hamshahri:
-president: dynamic economic development not to be realized in
absence of political development
-plan, budget organization proposes mechanisms to address
unemployment
-deputy oil minister: grounds prepared for foreign investment in
iranian petrochemical industry
-deputy culture, islamic guidance minister: labeling the press as
spy, mercenary cannot be tolerated
kar va kargar:
-president: political development completes islamic revolution
-oil price ups dlrs 16 per barrel
-russian foreign minister in meeting with kharrazi: moscow holds
common views with oic contact group (over kosovo crisis)
-supreme council rejects karbaschi lawyer's appeal
qods:
-iranian petrochemical industry ready to enter world stock market
-ptt minister: 18,000 cellular phones of government organizations
to be transferred to public
-arab daily: iran to reduce oil exports by 12 percent
-supreme court turns down karbaschi's appeal
-oic contact group making efforts to solve kosovo crisis
asre-azadegan:
-majlis, cabinet hold 3.5 hours talks behind closed doors
-supreme court rejects karbaschi lawyer's appeal; lawyer says he
is still hopeful
-orumiyeh students write to leader, say friday prayer should not
promulgate violence
-deputy culture, islamic guidance minister: dignity of journalists
should be protected ns/ks
arya:
-president: political development completes islamic revolution
-deputy culture, islamic guidance minister: confrontation with a
publication is confrontation with people
-court to announce verdict for kadivar today
-supreme court turns down karbaschi lawyer's appeal
-new proposal for change in educational system
afarinesh:
-president: political, economic, cultural development
complementary to each other
-experts urge revision to 'university entrance exams'
-london says kosovo should be brought under west's mandate
-supreme court rejects karbaschi lawyer's appeal
neshat:
-exclusive interview with yugoslav embassy's first secretary
-pakistan turned into scene for protest demonstrations of people
-deputy culture, islamic guidance minister: press monitoring
board disapproves closure of 'zan' daily
-karbaschi's fate in ambiguity
-new educational system to be carried out at high schools next
academic year
jahan-e eslam:
-president: dynamic economic development not possible in absence
of political development
-who is the next tehran mayor?
-judiciary chief ayatollah yazdi: if politicians follow
political trends, they would not be able to safeguard islam
-deputy culture, islamic guidance minister: press violations
should be dealt with at press court
khabar:
-orchestrated expulsion of muslims from montenegro
-deputy interior minister: mayors should not be concerned about
their status
-new plans for kish free trade zone to attract foreign
investors, tourists
-six new airports to start operation this year
-deputy minister: press violations should be dealt with at press
court
khordad:
-khatami: government's care for political development not a sign
of lack of attention for economic development
-supreme court turns down karbaschi lawyer's appeal; fate of
tehran's mayor in ambiguity
-managing director of national iranian steel company: 1.1 million
tons of steel to be exported this year
-head of middle east section of washington center for
international studies says clinton's recent remarks are indicative
of inefficient iran sanction policy
sobh-e emrouz:
-deputy culture, islamic guidance minister: freedom of press
should be respected
-al-hayat claims ben laden is equipped with chemical, biological
weapons
-ayatollah musavi tabrizi: court will announce verdict for
kadivar today
-judiciary head: those who frighten people are belligerent



wednesday afternoon's newspaper headlines

tehran, april 21, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspapers this afternoon:
kayhan:
- mps: government should give priority to people's earnings over
political talks
- 31 mps calls for impeachment of minister of culture, islamic
guidance
- two armed students kill 25 fellow students in high school in
america
- karbaschi's dismissal ruling sent to interior ministry
ettela'at:
- president: islamic republic of iran pays special attention to
fulfilling social justice
- exports of minerals, metals reach dlrs 425 million
- mohajerani: freedom should be dealt with with caution
- press violation should be dealt with by press court
- ayatollah yazdi stresses on severe confrontation with law
breakers
- russia, oic share common stands on kosovo crisis
resalat:
- ayatollah yazdi: disciplinary forces should seriously
dealt with bullies
mm/rr
end
::irna 21/04/99 17:20

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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 23:38:14 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: The Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea
===============


National Geographic
May 11, 1999
5:30 p.m. ET

Since 1990, Reza’s assignments for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC have
spanned the globe, taking him from the Nile Delta to the
legendary Silk Road and from Turkey to China’s booming western
frontier. For his most recent project he traveled to the world’s
largest inland body of water the 149,200-square-mile
(386,398-square-kilometer) Caspian Sea in Central Asia. There,
Reza investigated and documented the strategically located and
economically valuable sea itself as well as its importance in
the lives of people in the five countries along its shores.

You’ll see how the collapse of the Soviet Union has resulted in
the emergence of new countries and how the region struggles with
the harmful effects of pollution. From Kazakh nomads to nuclear
power plants and from the centuries-old caviar industry to a
flourishing oil industry, you’ll witness a remarkable contrast
between old and new.

Step behind the camera with this superb photojournalist for a
firsthand look at this pivotal region as it prepares to enter a
new century. Reza’s Caspian Sea assignment will be featured in
the May 1999 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

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