Iran’s Deputy FM Meets France’s Fabius in Vienna

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian met the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in the Austrian capital of Vienna, and offered his condolences over the recent deadly terrorist attacks which killed dozens of people in Paris.

Iran’s Deputy FM Meets France’s Fabius in Vienna

Amir Abdollahian met Fabius on Saturday on the sidelines of the ongoing talks in Vienna on ways to end the Syrian crisis.

The Iranian diplomat in this meeting condemned the Friday night terrorist attacks in the French capital, and condoled with the European country’s government over the tragedy.

Amir Abdollahian arrived in Vienna on Friday night and was joined by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday.

Zarif’s decision to personally attend the Vienna talks came while the foreign ministry had earlier announced that Amir Abdollahian would represent the country in the second round of high-level international talks.

The Iranian minister had been slated to accompany President Hassan Rouhani in his planned trips to Italy and France, but Rouhani’s European tour was postponed today, and thus Zarif departed for Vienna to partake in the international consultations on ending the Syrian civil war.

After coordination with the European sides, it was agreed that the Iranian president’s trip to the European countries be postponed to “a more appropriate time” in the future, Zarif said before leaving Tehran for Vienna.

Late on Friday, a string of coordinated attacks in and around the French capital left at least 128 people dead and some 200 others injured.

A state of emergency has been declared in the European country shaken by the horrific attacks.

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