Iranian foreign minister in UAE for talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a committee meeting between Kuwait and Iran at the foreign ministry in Kuwait city on Dec. 1, 2013. (AFP)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday arrived in the United Arab Emirates to hold talks with senior UAE officials.

During his day-long visit, which comes at the invitation of the UAE’s foreign minister, Zarif is set to discuss bilateral ties, regional developments and international issues with the Emirati officials.

On Nov. 28, Zarif stressed the need for regional cooperation in a meeting with his Emirati counterpart in Tehran.

“The region’s peace, progress and prosperity are for all,” Zarif , according to Press TV.

The president of the UAE on Wednesday accepted an invitation to visit Iran, the WAM state news agency said, as Tehran looks to mend ties with Gulf States.

“The date for the visit will be announced at a later stage,” WAM said.

Sheikh Khalifa told his guest that the UAE welcomes the nuclear deal, stressing that his nation aspires for “strengthened security and stability in the region and cooperation between countries,” WAM said.

Ties between the two countries have looked to be warming ever since Iran signed a landmark nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers last week.

Zarif is in the UAE as part of a Gulf tour that has taken him to Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, reported Agence France-Presse.

He said Iran's newly elected president Hassan Rowhani wishes to strengthen relations with Gulf countries, “stressing that Iran gives high importance to its relations with neighbors, especially the UAE,” WAM reported.

The Gulf States have called on Tehran to fully cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog in implementing the deal.

(With AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42