The top Iranian diplomat discussed issues of mutual interest in separate phone calls with his counterparts from Pakistan, Turkey, Oman and South Africa, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Zarif congratulated Pakistan’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu, Sultanate of Oman’s Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi, and South Africa’s Naledi Pandor on the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha (or the Feast of Sacrifice).
The Iranian foreign minister also talked about the latest developments in Tehran’s bilateral relations with Islamabad, Ankara, Muscat and Pretoria.
Eid al-Adha is one of the holiest festivals of Islam celebrated annually around the world and marked by an official holiday in Muslim-majority countries.
In the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha occurs on the 10th day of the lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah and marks the end of the hajj ceremony, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It is also the second most important religious festivity after Eid al-Fitr.