Deputy FM, German, Swiss Officials Discuss Mideast

Deputy FM, German, Swiss Officials Discuss MideastDeputy FM, German, Swiss Officials Discuss Mideast

The deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs took a three-day visit to Germany and Switzerland starting on Wednesday to confer with senior officials on issues of mutual interest, especially the ongoing crises in the Middle East.  

In a meeting with German State Secretary Markus Ederer in Berlin on Wednesday, Hossein Amir Abdollahian hailed Germany's contribution to help resolve regional crises and thanked Berlin for its positive role in the nuclear talks which resulted in a landmark deal between Iran and major powers last month, ISNA reported.     

"The shared views of the two sides toward solving regional issues will pave the way for continued and enhanced consultations, which I hope in turn bring about constructive collaboration at regional and international levels," he said.

Warning about the spread of extremism and terrorism across the globe, the deputy minister explained Iran's stance on the latest developments in the region, especially in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, voicing concern over attempts by "certain players" to pursue their own political objectives by making "instrumental" use of terrorist groups.

The German official referred to the accord between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and said, "The stage is now set for (developing) bilateral relations in a wide range of areas."

Ederer expressed his country's concern over the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and said, "Berlin will press ahead with its positive efforts with a view to helping find a political solution to the crises."

Amir Abdollahian headed to Switzerland on Thursday to confer with Swiss Foreign Ministry officials on regional challenges.  

In a meeting with Secretary of State at the Swiss Foreign Ministry Yves Rossier, the two sides discussed the latest developments in Syria and Yemen, calling for a political solution and humanitarian aid to the two war-wrecked countries.  

Amir Abdollahian and Rossier urged efforts to help bring an end to the Saudi-led military assault against Yemen and the blockade of the impoverished Arab country, which has aggravated the humanitarian situation.