Iran FM Meets Foreign Officials at Munich Security Conference

TEHRAN — Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who is in Germany to attend the 58th Munich Security Conference, met with several foreign officials on the sidelines of the global gathering.

Amir Abdollahian had a meeting with Slovenian President Borut Pahor to discuss the latest situation of bilateral relations and international issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, the Iranian Foreign Minister stressed the vast potentials for expanding bilateral relations in the economic and technical fields, expressing the Islamic Republic’s readiness to convene the joint commission between the two countries.

Amir Abdollahian stressed Tehran’s determination to create a balance in relations with various European countries and described relations with Slovenia as important.

For his part, the Slovenian President referred to his trip to Iran in 2018 and his meeting with the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, saying that the visit and the follow-up that followed were signs of the will of Ljubljana of a full expansion of ties with Tehran.

The two sides exchange views on certain regional and international topics of mutual interest, including the talks in Vienna.

In addition, the Iranian Foreign Minister met with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, UN Secretary General António Guterres and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

Amir Abdollahian and Baerbock discussed bilateral, regional and international issues. During this meeting, Amir Abdollahian further referred to the history of Iranian-German cooperation in some areas of mutual interest and expressed Tehran’s readiness to hold a meeting of the joint commission of the two countries as soon as possible.

He added that Iran is ready for the strengthening of mutual relations on the economic, political, cultural and scientific fronts as well as the expansion of cooperation in technical fields and between the private sectors of the two countries.

The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the latest status of the talks in Vienna.
Iran’s foreign minister reiterated that Tehran has been determined to reach a good deal from day one, adding that Iran expects the European parties and all signatories of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal carefully bear Tehran’s red lines in mind and seek, after years of inaction, to play an effective role in restoring Iran’s legitimate rights as a party that has suffered losses due to the unilateral withdrawal and Washington’s illegal 2015 agreement.

Indian Line of Credit for Iran
Amir Abdollahian also met his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. The two sides discussed the latest developments in bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

During the meeting, the foreign ministers of Iran and India agreed on developing economic and trade cooperation between the two countries regardless of developments in Vienna.

During the meeting, referring to the vast capabilities of development and comprehensive expansion of relations between Tehran and New Delhi, the Iranian foreign minister stressed Tehran’s willingness to implement the projects agreed between the two countries.

Amir Abdollahian said he was pleased with India’s foreign minister’s recovery from Covid-19, noting that he planned to visit Delhi at the earliest opportunity.

Amir Abdollahian expressed his hope that during the trip, good agreements will be reached for the development and promotion of bilateral relations, and consultations on some issues of common interest in the regional arena will be made.

The Indian Foreign Minister also reaffirmed his country’s determination to develop cooperation with Iran in the fields of oil, industry, agriculture and trade. The Indian Foreign Minister underscored India’s readiness to open a line of credit for economic and trade cooperation.

The foreign ministers of the two countries also exchanged views on the latest situation in Afghanistan, stressing the common and close views of the two countries on the need to form an inclusive government with the participation of all political groups in Afghanistan.

Appreciating Iran’s support for Bosnia’s human rights

Amir Abdollahian also met Bisera Turkovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The foreign ministers of the two countries discussed issues of common interest. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina thanked the Islamic Republic for its vital support during the war years and expressed the appreciation of the Bosnian people for the Iranian government and people. She explained the latest developments in Bosnia and the need for the international community to help Bosnia overcome the crisis.

She also expressed her country’s desire to develop relations with Iran.

During the meeting, Amir Abdollahian appreciated Bosnia’s positions of support for Iran in international forums, including on the issue of human rights. He stressed, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported territorial sovereignty and convergence in Bosnia and does not consider it right to undermine national sovereignty in Bosnia.”

During the meeting, the foreign ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Bosnia discussed some projects and areas of cooperation, including Iran’s donation of vaccines to that country.

Consular issues raised
The Iranian Foreign Minister also met with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde. During the meeting, the foreign ministers of Iran and Sweden exchanged views on bilateral relations and some issues of common concern in regional and international arenas.

Amir Abdollahian said he was pleased to see his Swedish counterpart again after their first meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

He invited Linde to visit Tehran, which was hosted by the Swedish side. Referring to the sensitivity of the situation in the West Asian region and the continuing crisis in Yemen and Afghanistan, the Iranian Foreign Minister highlighted the situation in Yemen and said: “We are seriously concerned about the spread of the war in Yemen to the region, and the United Nations and the international community must assume their responsibilities to manage this situation and help resolve the Yemeni crisis.

Referring to Iran’s continuous contacts with all parties to control the crisis in Yemen, Amir Abdollahian stressed: “The Yemeni people have been in a state of war and military aggression and inhuman siege for several years, which requires special attention from the international community to put an end to this situation.”

Referring to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the growing influx of refugees from the country, the Iranian Foreign Minister stressed: “The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a host country for more than a few million of Afghan refugees, cannot bear the entire burden of this crisis alone. »

Amir Abdollahian spoke of Iran’s continued efforts and role in helping to establish stability and security in the region, including forming a government in Iraq as soon as possible. He also highlighted the promising talks underway in the Persian Gulf region to ensure and stabilize the stability and security of the countries in the region.

He also mentioned some consular files, including Hamid Nouri, and stressed that it is unacceptable that the relations between the two countries are targeted by the conspiracies of the terrorist group of hypocrites. [MEK].

The Swedish Foreign Minister also welcomed her second meeting with her Iranian counterpart and underlined: “Four hundred years of bilateral relations between Tehran and Stockholm and the presence of elite Iranians in Swedish society and two ministers of Iranian origin. [in Sweden] indicate strong ties between the two countries.

Expressing hope for an increase in regular exchanges of official and diplomatic delegations between the two countries, the Swedish Foreign Minister announced her readiness to continue the country’s ongoing assistance to vaccinate Afghan refugees in Iran. .

She also expressed the hope that the problems between the countries of the Persian Gulf region will evolve towards a political solution.

Foreign ministers of the two countries also exchanged views on the progress of negotiations on lifting sanctions against Iran in Vienna.

Amir Abdollahian informed his Swedish counterpart of Iran’s principled positions in this regard and of Tehran’s serious will to reach a good agreement if the other parties act.

Meeting with the Dutch FM

On the sidelines of the Munich conference, Amir Abdollahian also met his Dutch counterpart Wopke Hoekstra to discuss the state of bilateral relations and some issues of common interest.

Amir Abdollahian stressed the need for the two countries to work to bring the views of Tehran and Amsterdam closer together and implement the agreements between the two countries to develop ties.

Amir Abdollahian explained the latest situation of negotiations on lifting sanctions against Iran in Vienna and exchanged views with his Dutch counterpart in this regard. He underlined Iran’s position on the need to lift all sanctions inconsistent with the nuclear deal, the JCPOA, and the need to respect Iran’s red lines in the negotiations. Regarding the situation in Afghanistan and the priority of humanitarian aid and the situation of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers, the Iranian Foreign Minister stressed the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities towards the country.

Amir Abdollahian also spoke about the complicated situation in Yemen and the fact that things are getting out of control there. He stressed that the situation in Yemen is by no means in the interest of the countries of the region and that it is necessary for all countries to take their responsibilities and put an end to the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen and resolve the crisis. by ending war and military aggression and pursuing a political solution.

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra also welcomed the meeting with Amir Abdollahian and said he hopes he will visit Tehran soon to exchange views and work closely with the senior Iranian diplomat. on development relations as well as on issues of mutual interest in the region. .
Hoekstra also expressed hope that an agreement will be reached as soon as possible to move to a new situation, and underlined the Netherlands’ willingness to expand relations and strengthen cooperation with Iran.

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