0717 GMT November 20, 2018
The Iranian foreign minister held separate meetings with high-ranking officials attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Singapore, where they discussed Iran’s nuclear deal, bilateral ties and regional and international issues.
The Iranian top diplomat traveled to Singapore to attend the ASEAN meeting and sign a friendship treaty with the Asian organization in order to boost Tehran’s relations with the organization’s member states.
Salvaging nuclear agreement
During his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said China was "pivotal" to salvaging the multilateral nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The role of China in the implementation of JCPOA, in achieving JCPOA, and now in sustaining JCPOA, will be pivotal,” Zarif said.
His meeting with the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also focused on the 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and P5+1 group of countries – from which the US withdrew in May.
Back in May, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from the JCPOA despite objections from other signatories of the multilateral accord and decided to reimpose sanctions on Iran.
Both officials discussed the latest measures taken by the EU and the world to ensure that Iran would benefit from the JCPOA following the illegal US pullout.
Following his meeting on Friday, the Iranian foreign minister in a message on his twitter account said there is global consensus on the need to take concerted action to preserve JCPOA.
Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov also discussed a range of issues on Thursday, among them the nuclear deal.
Talks on Syria, Caspian Sea
Both officials also talked about the situation in Syria, and preparations for the fifth Caspian summit due to be held in Kazakhstan’s Aktau later this month, Press TV reported.
The Iranian and Russian diplomats also exchanged views on bilateral cooperation, especially the implementation of agreements on boosting trade and economic ties.
Relations with Singapore
In his Friday meeting with Singapore President Halimah Yacob, Zarif hailed the growing relations between Iran and Singapore and expounded on the grounds for closer cooperation in diverse fields.
The two sides also exchanged views about regional and international issues as well as the Iran nuclear deal.
Earlier in the day, Zarif met with his Singaporean counterpart, Vivian Balakrishnan, discussing a range of issues, including ways to boost bilateral relations between the two Asian countries in all areas.
On Thursday, the Iranian top diplomat had separate meetings with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and with his counterparts from Japan, Turkey, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the ASEAN.