News ID: 210318
Published: 0407 GMT February 20, 2018

Spain FM due in Iran for talks on enhancing relations

Spain FM due in Iran for talks on enhancing relations

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dastis is scheduled to pay a visit to Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that the top Spanish diplomat would arrive in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation later in the day for a two-day visit.

Dastis plans to discuss avenues for bolstering bilateral relations in talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other senior authorities.

Iranian Ambassador to Madrid Mohammad Hassan Fadaei Fard said the Spanish foreign minister's scheduled visit would be important in mutual, regional and international terms and would create new developments in relations.

He added that the two countries are resolved to boost political and economic ties after the implementation of the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

On the sidelines of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in February 2017, the Iranian and Spanish foreign ministers held a meeting and discussed bilateral relations and leading regional issues, including the fight against terrorism.

Zarif invited his counterpart to pay a visit to Iran.

Zarif and Dastis also discussed regional issues in a phone call in June 2017

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