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Iran ready to help solve Middle East woes: Zarif

2 September 2015 9:19


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic is ready to hold talks with regional countries and help settle ongoing problems in the Middle East.

“There should be dialog on regional issues between interested countries,” Zarif said in a meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal in Algiers on Tuesday.

He added that Iran’s contribution to dialog among these countries is one of the Islamic Republic’s important diplomatic efforts.

The top Iranian diplomat further pointed to recently concluded nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, noting that the negotiations pose no threat to any country and even serve as an “appropriate opportunity for diplomacy in the region.”

He said the nuclear talks proved that the “language of threat” cannot be used against independent and developing countries.

On July 14, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany succeeded in finalizing the text of the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

The Algerian premier, for his part, said his country is determined to boost relations with Iran after the conclusion of the Vienna nuclear agreement.

Sellal urged all regional countries to adopt wise measures to solve the ongoing problems in the region.

Zarif arrived in the Algerian capital on Tuesday on the second leg of a two-nation trip which also took him to Tunisia.

In an earlier meeting between Zarif and Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, the two top diplomats discussed mutual relations and the latest developments in the region.

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