Iran Holds Intensive Diplomatic Consultations at UN
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian minister of foreign affairs held several meetings with his counterparts from other countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, now in New York to attend the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, held separate meetings with the foreign ministers of Bulgaria, Japan, Oman, Turkey and Georgia on Tuesday.
During the meetings, the Iranian foreign minister exchanged ideas with his counterparts on ways of improving economic, political and cultural relations between Iran and their respective countries.
Among other topics in Zarif’s meetings were major regional and international developments, including the current situation of Syria and Afghanistan, and also Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Separately on Monday, Zarif had a meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in New York.
During the meeting Zarif censured the "illegal sanctions" imposed on Iran, saying they have failed to achieve their pre-determined objectives and are actually only targeted at the Iranian people.
“The West needs to take a new look at the matters,” he stressed.
The two top diplomats stressed the need for the improvement of Tehran-London ties on a “step-by-step” basis.
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague for his part said that London does not seek a confrontational relationship with Iran and is open to better relations.
He added, “The United Kingdom welcomes President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif’s recent statements about Iran’s wish to improve its relations with the outside world.”
Zarif had earlier met EU foreign policy chief Cathrine Ashton, who represents the six world powers (Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany) in nuclear talks with Iran.