Iran's FM to Start Second Round of Regional Tour Soon

Iran's FM to Start Second Round of Regional Tour Soon

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to visit a number of neighboring states soon, a senior official announced.

Speaking on Tuesday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said the second round of the Iranian foreign minister’s regional tour will start in coming days. 

He said the foreign ministry’s spokeswoman will elaborate on the details of the tour soon. 

On the first round of his tour of the neighboring countries in July, the Iranian foreign minister visited Iraq, Qatar and Kuwait and held talks with the countries’ high-ranking officials.

Zarif’s trip to the regional countries comes in the wake of the conclusion of nuclear talks between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Iran and the six powers on July 14 finalized the text of a lasting nuclear deal that would terminate all anti-Iran sanctions after taking effect. The United Nations Security Council also unanimously passed a resolution afterwards, endorsing the comprehensive accord.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on July 18 that the first priority for Tehran following the conclusion of nuclear talks is strengthening ties with the neighboring countries.

“Our first priority after the (nuclear) deal is the enhancement of relations with neighbors, including the friend and brother state of Qatar,” Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

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