Iranian, French Top Diplomats Discuss Bilateral Ties

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian exchanged views on a range of issues, including ways to boost bilateral relations between Tehran and Paris.

Iranian, French Top Diplomats Discuss Bilateral Ties

In the meeting held in Paris on Thursday night, Zarif said Iran is willing to develop relations with France in diverse fields, economy in particular.

He added that the two countries have needed capacities for closer cooperation in the area of production and joint exports to third countries.

Zarif also pointed to France’s role and efforts in the nuclear negotiations between Tehran and six world powers, saying the Western European country played an important role in the achievement and successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the July 2015 nuclear agreement.

Le Drian, for his part, highlighted his country’s support for the nuclear deal, saying that different means have been used for the success of the JCPOA.

The remarks come against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran's nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

Zarif arrived in Paris on Thursday on the third leg of his European tour that had taken him to Germany and Italy.

The top Iranian diplomat visited Berlin and held talks with senior German officials on Tuesday and later sat down with top Italian officials in Rome on Wednesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly stressed that the promotion of Tehran’s relations with European countries can help enhance regional security.


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