Zarif to discuss regional, bilateral issues with European officials

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TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi announced on Sunday that Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will fly to Germany and Italy on Monday.

Zarif will pay official visits to the two countries to exchange views and consult with European authorities, Ghasemi noted.

He added that Zarif will first head for Berlin on Monday, upon an official invitation of his German counterpart, and will meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and other high-ranking German officials as well as representatives of the country's enterprises and industries.

Iran and Germany have long-standing relationships, and political and economic consultations between the two countries have always been in progress, Ghasemi noted.

Foreign minister will consult with German authorities on the development of bilateral relations, the latest developments in the Middle East region and in Europe, he added.

Ghasemi reiterated that the second destination of Zarif’s Euro trip is Italy, where he will meet and discuss the development of bilateral relations with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano and other Italian officials.

He underlined that Italy is the main business partner of Iran over the past few decades, with both sides having extensive partnerships in economic and trade fields.

Ghasemi said the development of economic relations is among issues Foreign Minister Zarif will discuss with Italian officials in Rome, adding "given the presence of Italy in the Mediterranean region and its interest in the developments in West Asia and the Middle East, the two sides will talk on the latest developments in the region, especially in Syria."

“In addition to the development of economic relations, the visit will also touch upon taking specific mechanisms and strategies to political talks with the officials,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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