News ID: 238947
Published: 0325 GMT February 16, 2019

Zarif: US forces will leave region sooner or later

Zarif: US forces will leave region sooner or later

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday downplayed Washington's attempts to damage relations between Tehran and the Iraqi Kurdish region, and said the US forces will be forced out from the region sooner or later.

"We are neighbors and actually, we are similar people. Our ties will continue and they (the Americans) are foreigners who will go (back home) sooner or later," Zarif told reporters after a meeting with Head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference which is underway in Germany, Fars News Agency reported.

Pointing to his meeting with Barzani, the top Iranian diplomat said they discussed a range of issues including economic and political relations, situation in Eastern Euphrates region in Syria and the necessity of protecting Syria's territorial integrity and respecting the rights of the Syrian Kurds.

Also on Saturday, Iran’s foreign minister held separate talks with a number of political and international figures attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

He met top members of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights.

Zarif had talks with Mary Robinson, chair of The Elders and the first woman president of Ireland and former UN high commissioner for human rights, and with Lakhdar Brahimi, the former Algerian freedom fighter, foreign minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat.

They discussed major regional and international developments.

Zarif further held a meeting with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan to discuss Tehran-Yerevan ties in the economic, trade, banking, energy and transportation sectors.

In another meeting, the top Iranian diplomat and Henrietta Holsman Fore, the CEO of the United Nations Children's Fund, discussed the course of cooperation between Iran and UNICEF.

Over 100 officials as well as political, security, and international figures including presidents, foreign and defense ministers, and heads of international organizations are participating in this year’s security conference in Munich.




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