Iran, Netherlands will boost diplomatic relations

Iran and the Netherlands have exchanged views on possible ways to bolster political and parliamentary relations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Amsterdam on Wednesday, held talks with Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands Khadija Arib on Thursday.

The top Iranian diplomat also held another meeting with the Dutch minister of economic affairs, Henk Kamp, on Thursday and is scheduled to sit down with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu later in the day.

Zarif is in the Netherlands to hold talks with senior officials of the country after he wrapped up his two-day visit to the French capital of Paris. At the end of his day-long stay in Amsterdam, the Iranian foreign minister will set off for The Hague.

During his stay in Paris, Zarif held negotiations with President Francois Hollande, his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, President of France National Assembly Claude Bartolone and Senate President Gerard Larcher.

Avenues for the expansion of Tehran-Paris relations, particularly in trade and economic sectors following the implementation of last year’s nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, and the latest developments in the Middle East were main issues discussed by the sides.

After his European tour, Zarif will travel to Uzbekistan’s capital city, Tashkent, to participate in a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The SCO meeting will be held in Tashkent on June 23-24.

The Iranian minister has made two rounds of visits to a number of European countries over the past few months with the purpose of discussing ways to expand relations after the implementation of the historic nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on January 16.

Under the deal, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US would be lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

By Press TV