Zarif to Attend UN General Assembly

Zarif to Attend UN General AssemblyZarif to Attend UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part in the 71st session of the UN General Assembly later this month.

"According to arrangements, Mr. Zarif will visit New York to attend the assembly and hold talks with counterparts from other countries," said Majid Takht-Ravanchi, the deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, in a talk with state radio on Wednesday.

Asked whether President Hassan Rouhani will attend the UNGA, Takht-Ravanchi said it is still "under consideration" and the final decision will be made later. Diplomats from around the world will gather at the United Nations to attend the annual UNGA debate from Sept. 20 to 26.

The diplomat also touched upon last week's trip by Zarif to Latin America, saying countries in that region are willing to strengthen bonds of friendship with Iran and have made major efforts to facilitate two-way cooperation, although "some do not like to see Iran's relations with these countries improve and are portraying the trip improperly".

The diplomat said Iran attaches high importance to its relations with Latin America, as there is immense ground for cooperation.

"Iran has decided to develop relations with all states of the region and we don't see any obstacles in the way."

Last month Zarif, heading a 120-strong delegation comprising private sector representatives, economic officials and diplomats, embarked on a six-day Latin American tour. Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela were the six destinations of the trip, in which Zarif discussed bilateral relations and international developments with political leaders and members of the delegation conferred about economic cooperation with their Latin American counterparts.   

"The trip produced good results and hopefully we will see the development of relations with those countries," said Takht-Ravanchi.