Zarif: Certain regional states likely to increase arms purchase

IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that crisis in the region may bring about an increase in arms purchase by certain regional states.

In a meeting with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed on the sidelines of Oslo Forum, he called for Kenyan efforts in line with initiating dialogue between Qatar and Saudi Arabia to resolve the current disputes.

Describing Iran-Kenya relations as good, Zarif voiced his country’s readiness for providing humanitarian assistance to Kenya.

Kenyan foreign minister, for her part, expressed concern over emergence of political crisis between the two countries as there are thousands of Kenyan expatriates in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The two countries should change their rhetoric in a bid to solve current disputes, she said.

During the meeting, both officials also discussed bilateral ties, regional developments and other issues of mutual concern.

Zarif arrived in Norway’s capital, Oslo, on Monday to take part in Oslo Forum 2017 June 13-14.

Top Iranian diplomat also exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini at Oslo Grand Hotel.

Two-day Oslo Forum was also attended by US former secretary of states John Kerry as well as number of foreign ministers from different countries.