Zarif reviews issues of mutual interests with world officials in Munich

February 19, The Iran Project – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Germany on Sunday (Jan. 18) to participate in the 54th edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), has held talks with several officials of different countries and world bodies.

While in Munich, Zarif held meetings with Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian, Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze, Lakhdar Brahimi, who served as the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Catherine Ashton, the former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, members of The Elders including Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani,  United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, the  former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson and addressed the conference.

Zarif and Nalbandian conferred on bilateral relations and other issues of interest.

Meanwhile the Iranian and Georgia FMs talked about issues of mutual interest including promotion of economic, transit, and banking cooperation.

Zarif noted that Chabahar port in southern Iran provides an exceptional opportunity for the two countries to expand cooperation in exporting goods to the regional countries.

For his part, Janelidze touched upon the growing cooperation between Tehran and Tbilisi in tourism sector and expressed his country’s interest in implementing small, short-term economic projects. Cooperation in transit and freight corridors was on the agenda as well.

Brahimi was the next political figure who held talks with Zarif. Brahimi was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria from 1991 to 1993. He is also a member of The Elders, a group of world leaders working for global peace.

Additionally, Zarif held talks with a number of German institutes’ researchers, reporters and journalists on the sidelines of the security conference.

Addressing the 54th Munich Security Conference, Zarif said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance at the Munich Security Conference earlier in the day was a “cartoonish circus, which does not even deserve the dignity of a response.”

“For too long, military powers have had multiple strategies to win wars. And for too long, they have ignored any strategy to win the peace. For too long, major powers and their regional allies have made the wrong choices in our region and then have blamed others, particularly Iran, for the consequences of their own short-sighted and trigger-happy strategic blunders,” Zarif stated.

In a meantime, he tweeted late on Sunday, “MunSecConf was excellent opportunity to continue or engage and reiterate Iran’s proposal for multilateral approach to peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region. Our message is clear: we’ll either win together or lose together.”

“When collective efforts for establishing extensive peace and security in the Persian Gulf region lacks, we will engage in conflicts up to the next generations,” Zarif added.