Iran’s Zarif Discusses Syria, JCPOA with German FM, EU’s Mogherini
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held separate telephone conversations with top German and EU diplomats on the latest developments in Syria and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Zarif and European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday had their second telephone conversation in less than 24 hours, talking about the latest developments in Syria, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and the process of implementation of the JCPOA, a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Separately, the top Iranian diplomat spoke to his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the phone about the same subjects.
Iran has ramped up diplomatic contacts with other countries in recent days after liberation of Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo from the grip of Takfiri terrorists.
On Wednesday, Zarif held talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, to discuss the issues of ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Aleppo, as well as the latest developments across the Arab country.
The battle of Aleppo ended on Tuesday, as Takfiri militants and the Syrian government agreed to a ceasefire that would ensure opposition fighters’ exit from the city.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.
Some 470,000 Syrians have been killed throughout the five years of bloodshed, 4.8 million have fled the country, and 6.6 million have become internally displaced by the violence.