TEHRAN (Iran News) – Khatibzadeh on Saturday announced the visit of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the head of a delegation to the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation, Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey on Monday, saying that Zarif is scheduled to meet and hold talks with his counterparts and other officials of these countries.
He called bilateral issues, the latest developments in the Caucasus, ongoing projects, and discussing areas for the spread of peace and stability in the region among the goals of the visit.
Earlier, Mohammad Javad Zarif had announced his visit to these countries.
“I plan to travel to the Caucasus and Russia. I usually do not announce, but I think the dates of trips to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia have been set,” said Zarif.
“I intend to travel to countries that can work together to help the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis and the situation of peace and stability in the region,” Iranian FM noted.
Iran’s foreign minister called on the new US administration to “unconditionally” lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic, warning that any attempt to extract “concessions” from Tehran before returning to the nuclear deal would jeopardise the opportunity to revive the pact.
Top Iranian diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a column published in Foreign Affairs magazine on Friday that Tehran would return to full compliance with the nuclear agreement once sanctions were lifted, but stressed that Iran’s regional policies are “not up for discussion” with Washington.
“US President Joe Biden can choose a better path by ending Trump’s failed policy of ‘maximum pressure’ and returning to the deal his predecessor abandoned,” Zarif said.
“If he does, Iran will likewise return to full implementation of our commitments under the nuclear deal. But if Washington instead insists on extracting concessions, then this opportunity will be lost.”
- source : Mehr