Zarif to Visit Finland Next Week

Zarif to Visit Finland Next WeekZarif to Visit Finland Next Week

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will make an official visit to Finland next week to hold talks with senior officials of the European country.

Zarif is scheduled to hold talks with Finland’s Foreign Minister Timo Soini on 31 May, the Finnish government announced on its website on Tuesday.

It added that the two ministers’ discussions will focus on Tehran-Helsinki relations, regional developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, ties between the European Union and Iran, as well as other international issues.

The top Iranian diplomat will also sit down with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Parliament Speaker Maria Lohela.

A large business delegation will accompany Zarif in his trip to Finland.

In January, on the sidelines of the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Iranian foreign minister and Finland’s president held a meeting. Niinisto and Zarif commended last July’s nuclear agreement between Iran and major powers. Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany started implementing the deal on January 16.

Under the deal, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the United Nations and the United States were lifted.