Iran Parliament Speaker Snubs German Minister on Visit

By Gernot Heller TEHRAN, Oct 4 – The speaker of Iran‘s parliament, Ali Larijani, cancelled talks with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday during his high-profile trip to Tehran, snubbing the German who had earlier stressed the need for reform in the Islamic Republic. Larijani, seen as a moderate conservative in Iran, was the

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Siemens Signs Iran Rail Contract as Germany Drums Up Business

By Gernot Heller TEHRAN, Oct 4 – Germany’s Siemens signed a contract to upgrade Iran’s railway network on Monday, one of several deals agreed by German firms during a two-day visit to Tehran by Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Gabriel has flown to Iran with a planeful of 120 managers who are keen to re-establish business

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