Iranian Diplomat, Former Swedish PM Meet in Stockholm

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi on Thursday held separate talks with Carl Bildt, a former Swedish premier and a chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Hans Blix, a former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

During the unofficial meetings, which were held on the second day of Araqchi’s visit to Sweden, the two sides conferred on the latest developments regarding the Iran nuclear deal as well as other regional and international issues.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi meets Carl Bildt, a former Swedish premier and a chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, on Dec. 20, 2018 / Photo by Iranian Foreign Ministry

Araqchi also joined the Iranian ambassadors to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway in a daylong consultative meeting held at the Islamic Republic’s embassy in Stockholm.

The senior diplomat will depart for Moscow on Thursday night to take part in a fresh round of bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov.

Earlier on Wednesday, Araqchi held talks with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, his opposite number Annika Soder, and Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of Sweden’s Parliament Hans Wallmark.

Held as part of the fourth round of Iran-Sweden political consultations, the meetings mainly focused on the latest international efforts to bring an end to the Yemen crisis, as well as the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA.

   
   

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