TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — Iran’s FM spokeswoman has said the ministry has no official account of arrest and extradition of an Iranian citizen in Estonia to the US.

Mehr News quoted Marzieh Afkham at her weekly press conference answering to the questions by the press. “If the news is true, we will take necessary decisions to provide consular access to this citizen and the issue,” Afkham told reporters.

Asked about Araghchi-Amano meeting in Vienna beginning yesterday she told that the second round of Iran and IAEA talks had begun on the 11th Cabinet the day before, being the 12th round in the recent two years. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has emphasized on cooperation and would do its best to attain transparency and answering the questions by the IAEA. We needed to demonstrate our new approach in round of talks,” Afkham added.

“Mr. Araghchi’s visit to Vienna and Amano is based on this approach. The Islamic Republic of Iran will try to present a good perspective of cooperation to the IAEA,” she said.

Afkham expressed her hope for further talks with IAEA and resolving any ambiguity for the Agency, and “to see the first indications of new cooperation framework.”

About Mr. Zarif’s visit to the South Africa, Afkham told reporters that 11th round of Iran-South Africa cooperation conference was underway in Pretoria, and “delegations from both countries have held meetings at expert level, with executive representations from both countries.”

“The results of expert meeting would be provided to Summit of Ministers,” added Afkham and that “along with the event, The South Africa-Iran Business Forum is also held.”

“According to growing level of cooperation, 80 agreements of cooperation have been signed by the two countries, and we hope that these agreements would improve bilateral ties,” told Afkham.

Afkham also said that Mr. Zarif would visit Turkish prime minister, president, and foreign minister. In response to a question by Mehr News correspondent on the arrest and extradition of an Iranian citizen in Estonia who allegedly was arranging purchase of missiles and helicopters, Afkham told that Iran had not received any official confirmation of the story.

About the Saudi objections of US-Iran possible détente, she told that the media had provided different analyses of the story, along with much speculation by Arab world media. “It is natural that news corporations and interaction with others would not be assumed as being against specific country’s interests,” said she, and that “any change of positions is in the behest of countries themselves and would not be perceived of being definite change of positions on any other country.”





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