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Iran’s Zarif meets France’s Fabius
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TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Munich on Sunday, discussing a range of issues.

They met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

During the meeting, Zarif said the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers have created an “exceptional opportunity” for the Islamic Republic and France to utilize the existing potentials.

He added that Tehran and Paris should make use of economic and technical potentials to boost their cooperation.

Fabius, for his part, expressed hope that Iran and the world powers would take “efficient steps” to enhance mutual confidence.

According to the reports, the two senior diplomats also discussed regional developments, the Syrian crisis, developments in Lebanon and Afghanistan.

Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) signed an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
 
Negotiations between six world powers and Iran will resume in Vienna on February 18. The talks are aimed at working out a plan for a comprehensive deal.

Zarif also held a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on the sidelines of the conference and called for more visits between the two countries’ high ranking officials.

Also, Kurz expressed support for the execution of the provisions of the nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers and welcomed the convention of the next round of the nuclear talks in Vienna.

He also called for expansion of ties with Iran in all political, economic and cultural areas.

In addition, Zarif met with Finland’s Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja and discussed a number of bilateral and international issues.

MT/PA


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