• Mon / 13 September 2021 / 13:18
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Iranian President to travel to Tajikistan to attend SCO summit

Iranian President to travel to Tajikistan to attend SCO summit

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that President Ebrahim Raisi will travel to Tajikistan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh said, “This will be Mr. Raisi’s first foreign trip as the president. In addition to attending the SCO summit, President Raisi will hold bilateral meetings with a number of participating authorities in the event and the relevant officials at Iran’s embassy in Tajikistan are making the necessary arrangements”.

“Iran’s bid for permanent membership of the SCO will be considered at the event,” he added.

Referring to the recent visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and his delegation to Iran and the agreement between the two countries on lifting visa requirements, Khatibzadeh said, “The visit took place in line with close relations between the two countries.  Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit was the first travel of a top foreign official to Tehran since the new Iranian president took office in August”.

“During the visit, Iranian and Iraqi officials held great conversations on bilateral, regional and international topics focused on economic and trade issues, underway projects such as Shalamcheh-Basra railway project as well as issues related to oil and gas,” he added.

“The two sides also held talks on facilitation of issuing visa for citizens of the two countries and for pilgrims who want to travel to Iraq to attend Arbaeen ritual. According to primary agreement between the two countries, 30,000 pilgrims can fly to Iraq to take part in Arbaeen ceremony but the number may increase,” Khatibzadeh noted.

“At the moment, the facilitation of issuing visa is related to air travel and the relevant executive arrangements will be made in the coming days,” he underlined.

Regarding the postponement of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian’s visit to India, Khatibzadeh said, “A trip to India was on the agenda, which was not possible to be done this week due to several interrelated issues, including the Shanghai Summit, the President's visit to Tajikistan, and several important foreign policy meetings. India's visit will take place in the near future”.

In response to a question about recognizing the Taliban, Khatibzadeh said, “Iran is one of the few actors that has relations with all parties in Afghanistan. It has had more inclusive conversations with some and more limited ones with others. We always tried to talk to these groups. The first round of comprehensive intra-Afghan talks was held in Tehran, and we tried to involve all groups in these talks”.

“We emphasized the will of the people in the future of Afghanistan and the non-interference of foreigners. Our definite will is to strengthen relations with the people of Afghanistan and help fulfill the will of the oppressed and zealous people of Afghanistan,” he added.

Regarding the invitation of Iran by the Taliban, he said, “It is too early to talk about this issue. We must wait for the formation of the future government of Afghanistan and then decide on other issues. We will decide on the Taliban's request and invitation based on their actions”.

In response to a question about the visit of Rafael Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the joint statement issued during the visit, Khatibzadeh said, “Iran-IAEA relations are normal and technical, and as long as IAEA keeps the non-political and non-discriminatory aspect with Iran, Iran will also maintain its relations with the IAEA”.

He also spoke about the memory of the agency cameras, saying, “The resolution of the parliament is quite clear and binding. The government suspended all access beyond safeguards and voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol from the day the parliament passed the resolution. Agency access to camera memory is possible when an agreement is reached”.

“If one day we reach an agreement among the parties in the field of the JCPOA, the full implementation of the deal by Iran will be resumed,” he added.

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