Zarif hints at WAVE initiative in Greece trip

Tasnim– Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in Greece to attend the Ancient Civilizations Forum, highlighted the significance of dialogue for a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE), an Iranian-proposed initiative that the UN adopted as a resolution in 2013.

“In Athens, to represent Iran at Ancient Civilizations Forum: Dialogue among Civilizations for a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE),” Zarif wrote in a post in his Twitter account on Sunday.

WAVE was for the first time proposed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a United Nations General Assembly in September 2013.

The senior Iranian diplomat arrived in Athens on Sunday morning to attend the Ancient Civilizations Forum, attended by representatives from nine other nations, known as descendants of the world’s ancient civilizations.

Officials from Greece, China, India, Iraq, Egypt, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia have taken part in the two-day conference.

According to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, the purpose of the conference is to give the Ancient Civilizations Forum “an institutional character and open it up to more countries.”