During his landmark trip to Britain, Zarif attended a banquet in London on Friday, hosted by the adviser to the British Minister of State for Trade and Investment. A number of managers of the British and European companies were also present at the meeting.
At the gathering, Foreign Minister Zarif went into details about implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), and about the parties’ commitments to the accord.
The top Iranian diplomat also talked about the opportunities for the promotion of economic cooperation with Tehran and called on the foreign firms to invest in Iran’s technology market.
Representatives of some companies, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Shell asked Zarif questions about the grounds for trade ties with Iran.
Elsewhere in London on Friday, Foreign Minister Zarif attended a meeting, held jointly by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world’s oldest think tank on international defense and security.
The Iranian minister expressed Iran’s stances on the international and regional political developments in the meeting.
Zarif arrived in London on Wednesday evening to attend a donor conference aimed at raising money for the Syrian people affected by a 5-year-old war.
Representatives from 70 countries met in the gathering to discuss raising billions of dollars for the Syrian refugees.