Thursday, 20 April, 2017

Iran’s Zarif to start tour of Central Asia, Caucasus today


Iranian Foreign Minister plans to start his trip to neighboring Turkmenistan later on Sunday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, adding that Mohammad Javad Zarif will also visit Kyrgyzstan in the Central Asia and Georgia in the Caucasus region.

According to schedule, Zarif is slated to leave Tehran for Ashgabat on Sunday afternoon and at the official invitation of his Turkmen counterpart, Qassemi said.

Then he will also pay official visits to Kyrgyzstan and Georgia at the official invitation of the countries’ foreign ministers, he noted.

A high-ranking economic delegation, including representatives of public and private sectors, will accompany the Iranian top diplomat in his trip, the spokesman stated.

He went on to say that during the trip, in addition to political talks between officials from Iran and the three countries, joint economic sessions will be held on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between them.

The trip is made a few months after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took a tour of the Caucasus and the Central Asia that took him to Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

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