Iran FM arrives in Iraq on final leg of Mideast tour
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf on the final leg of his three-nation tour of the Middle East.
The top Iranian diplomat arrived in Najaf late Sunday after he paid visits to Kuwait and Qatar.
Zarif visited the holy shrine of Imam Ali and is scheduled to hold talks with senior Iraqi clerics, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in Najaf later on Monday.
Zarif will depart for the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad later on Monday to sit down with the country’s President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari.
The officials will exchange views on leading bilateral, regional and international developments and a recent nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
On July 14, Iran and the six world powers – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany — finalized the text of an agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna.
Under the JCPOA, limits are put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a set of commitments by the P5+1, including the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.
Zarif arrived in Kuwait on the first leg of his tour of regional and the Persian Gulf countries on Sunday. During his stay in Kuwait City, the Iranian minister met with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
Zarif also attended a joint meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The two ministers discussed ways to bolster political and economic cooperation after the conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries.
Zarif also paid a short visit to Doha and held discussions with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah about further expansion of mutual relations.