Iranian FM to begin EU tour in Netherlands, wrap up in Lithuania

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will begin his five-day European tour with the Netherlands and wrap it up in Lithuania, a source in the Iranian ministry told Sputnik on Saturday.

TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Ministry spokesman Hussein Jaber Ansari first disclosed Zarif’s plans to visit several European countries last week. Iranian outlets later cited Sweden’s envoy to the Islamic republic breaking news that Zarif’s trip to Stockholm was planned for June 1.

“Zarif’s trip to several European countries will start on Sunday [May 29] and last until June 4. He will first head to the Netherlands, then Finland, then Sweden, and will complete the tour in Lithuania,” a governmental source said.

Neither the aims nor the agenda of the minister’s visit have been specified.

Ansari reportedly included Poland and Latvia as Zarif’s destinations in making the announcement on May 23.

The visits would come half a year after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani toured France and Italy, where he and his delegation members signed agreements in a range of industries.
By Sputnik