FM Bishop: Time ripe for rekindling Iran-Australia ties

Kuala Lumpur, March 15, IRNA – The Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called for rekindling Canberra-Tehran relations.

She has made the remark during a reception held for her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif who arrived in the Australian capital on Monday.

The Australian media as well as press across Asia have given wide coverage to Zarif’s visit to Australia.

They described the visit as an important development for the region.

Zarif started his Southeast Asia and Oceania tour on March 5.

His first destination was Indonesia.

While in Jakarta, Zarif attended the fifth Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

He later travelled to Singapore and Brunei and held talks with a number of top officials of those countries, reviewing bilateral ties.

In Thailand, the Iranian foreign minister took part in the 14th Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting.

Then he flew to New Zealand and held talks with top officials there on bilateral issues.
Australia is the last leg of Zarif’s tour.