Sun Jan 12, 2014
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to set off on a three-nation tour of the Middle East for talks on bilateral ties as well as regional developments.
Zarif’s trips, next week, to Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are in line with Iran’s active regional diplomacy and come on the heels of the top diplomat’s previous regional tours which took him to Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, IRNA quoted an informed source speaking on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, Lebanese Ambassador to Iran Fadi Haj Ali confirmed to IRNA on Saturday that Zarif is due in Beirut on Monday.
Among the key issues that Zarif is to discuss with Lebanese officials during his visit is the twin terrorist blasts outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut and the ensuing developments, including the apprehension of the mastermind behind the explosions Majed al-Majed, who died in Lebanese custody, and the probe into the terrorist incident, said the ambassador.
Zarif’s regional tours come as more countries are showing interest in boosting their relations with Iran.
Iran’s foreign minister had said earlier that recent visits to Tehran by European parliamentary delegations suggest the West is inclined to forge closer ties with Iran in “the current political atmosphere.”
He made the remark in a meeting with Chairman of the Oireachtas (Irish National Parliament) Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee Pat Breen, who is in Tehran at the head of a parliamentary delegation.
Prior to the Irish delegation’s trip, a four-member British parliamentary team headed by former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw paid a three-day visit to the Iranian capital.
On January 7, the Romanian ambassador to Iran said a parliamentary delegation from his country will pay an official visit to Tehran next week.
Zarif has also invited European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton to visit Iran.
Ashton has coordinated nuclear talks with Iran on behalf of the six world powers, comprised of Britain, China, France, Russia and United States, plus Germany.