News ID: 279812
Published: 0338 GMT January 23, 2021

Iran’s FM to visit five regional countries

Iran’s FM to visit five regional countries

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to embark on a tour to five countries to hold talks on various issues including bilateral ties.

Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday that Zarif, at the head of a delegation, is scheduled to visit Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Turkey, according to IRNA.

Zarif, who is scheduled to depart on Monday, will hold meetings with his counterparts and other officials in the countries, Khatibzadeh added.

The spokesman also said that main purpose of the tour is to discuss the latest developments in the region and the Caucasus, bilateral cooperation, and peace and stability in the region.

The Iranian foreign minister had planned to travel to the Russian and Azerbaijani capitals in November to talk about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, other regional issues, and bilateral matters.

Zarif was expected to hold talks with officials from the countries, including his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, but his trip was postponed.

The planned visit comes four months after the latest round of clashes in the disputed Karabakh region, which became the worst fighting in the region in decades.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared up in late September, resulting in military and civilian casualties on both sides.

The hostilities ended after the sides agreed to a Moscow-brokered cease-fire on November 9.

Since the truce, the two ex-Soviet republics have accused each other of breaching the peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting.

Iran, an immediate neighbor to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, has voiced its readiness to do its utmost to help consolidate the cease-fire.




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