• Mon / 21 October 2019 / 11:51
  • Category: Politics
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President Rouhani to visit Azerbaijan: Foreign Ministry spokesman

President Rouhani to visit Azerbaijan: Foreign Ministry spokesman

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi announced that President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to Republic of Azerbaijan.

At Monday’s press conference, Mousavi noted that the president and foreign minister will meet Azerbaijani officials and attend the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement will be held in Baku on October 25-26.

Mousavi has also referred to the magnificent holding of Arbaeen pilgrimage and said, “This gathering indicted the greatness of Islam as well as solidarity and brotherhood between Iranian and Iraqi nations”.

Addressing the recent attack on Iranian oil tanker, Sabiti in the Red Sea, the spokesman said, “We are pursuing the issue and recently, we have delivered a report in this regard to the UN Security Council”.

“The scheme of Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) initiative, which President Rouhani presented to the UN General Assembly has been delivered to the heads of concerned countries and we hope the eight neighboring states to join the initiative,” he also noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mousavi stressed that Iran rejects Turkey’s establishing of military posts inside Syria, saying that the integrity of Syria should be respected.

“We are against Ankara’s establishing of military posts in Syria. The issues should be resolved by diplomatic means. Syria’s integrity should be respected,” he noted.

Mousavi also pointed to the 2015 nuclear deal and said that Iran is prepared to take the fourth step towards reducing commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if it sees no serious measures by other parties to maintain the nuclear deal.

He hoped that the state parties to the JCPOA will honor their commitments so that it will not be necessary for Iran to take the fourth step.

Asked about the Japanese and French initiative to mediate between Iran and US by which Iran will reverse the current trend of reducing commitments to the JCPOA, if the US lifts sanctions, he said that the mediation has been in vain so far.

Mousavi insisted said that the Japan-France initiatives could not materialize, so that they have nothing to do with the fourth step of reducing JCPOA-commitments. What has impeded the EU parties to fulfill their commitments to the JCPOA is that they need permission from the Big Brother.

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