Friday, 17 January, 2020

EU foreign policy chief in Iran for Syria talks

An Iranian news agency says EU’s foreign policy chief has arrived in Tehran for talks on the conflict in Syria.

The semi-official ISNA news agency says Federica Mogherini will meet President Hassan Rouhani and the country’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, the following day.

The report says Mogherini will leave for Saudi Arabia on Saturday afternoon. The Sunni kingdom and the Shiite power Iran support opposite sides in the civil war in Syria, now in its sixth year. Iran is one of the staunchest backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Mogherini earlier on Friday held talks in Cyprus with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on the battle in Iraq to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group.
Photo: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrive to attend a press briefing after their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 16, 2016. (AP /Ebrahim Noroozi)
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