Iranian Foreign Minister due in Jordan on Tuesday

Published January 13th, 2014 - 10:49 GMT
Mohammad Javad Zarif is due in Amman on Tuesday, the Jordanian foreign ministry said. (AFP/File)
Mohammad Javad Zarif is due in Amman on Tuesday, the Jordanian foreign ministry said. (AFP/File)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Jordan this week for discussions on bilateral ties and regional developments, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sabah Al Rafei confirmed Zarif’s Tuesday visit, saying it comes upon an invitation by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

She gave no further details on the issues the two sides will discuss.

The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) cited an informed source from the Iranian foreign ministry saying that Zarif’s visit will also include Iraq and Lebanon.

The source told IRNA that the aim of these diplomatic visits is to consult with counterparts on bilateral ties and regional developments.

Zarif has already visited Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, IRNA said.

Citing Lebanon’s ambassador to Tehran, IRNA said that Zarif is scheduled to meet with senior Lebanese officials on Monday to discuss a variety of issues, mainly the terrorist blasts in front of Iran’s embassy in Beirut.

Zarif’s visit to Jordan will be the first since his appointment as foreign minister by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

In May 2013, former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi paid a visit to the Kingdom and delivered a letter to His Majesty King Abdullah from former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


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