Zarif, Ashraf Ghani meet in Munich

IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conferred with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the ongoing Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

The 53rd edition of Munich Security Conference opened in the German city on Friday.

Foreign Minister Zarif represents Iran in the international event accompanied by deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi.

On the sidelines of the prestigious conference, the foreign minister has so far held separate meetings with a number of the world officials, including the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukia Amano, ministers of foreign affairs of Spain, Oman, Britain, Russian Federation, Turkey, France and Slovenia.

The MSC is attended by 10 presidents, US Vice President Mike Pence, eight prime ministers, ministers of foreign affairs from 30 countries, ministers of defense from around 20 countries as well as the secretaries general of the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Arab League and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Topics for discussion during the ongoing prestigious event include the future of NATO, world order, human security, terrorism and extremism, regional issues like South East Asia and Korean Peninsula, Arab World, Syria and Ukraine.