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Zarif: Dialogue, mutual understanding will achieve regional stability

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Stability in the region will be achieved through dialogue and mutual understanding, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Tuesday.

Tensions have been heightened in the region after a US airstrike killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday.

Zarif’s statement comes a day after the White House is blocking Zarif from entering the United States ahead of Thursday’s UN Security Council session and barring him from speaking about the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani, Foreign Policy reported citing three diplomatic sources.

According to the report, Zarif has requested a visa to enter the US several weeks ago to attend a UN Security Council meeting planned for January 9.

“The Iranian government was awaiting word on the visa Monday when a Trump administration official phoned UN Secretary-General António Guterres to inform him that the United States would not allow Zarif into the country,” Foreign Policy said in its report citing one diplomatic source.