Iran’s Top Diplomat Departs for Sri Lanka

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has left Tehran for Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo on Tuesday.

During the visit, the Iranian top diplomat is to discuss bilateral relations with senior Sri Lankan officials.

After Sri Lanka, Zarif will visit Singapore to sign documents on Iran’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

While in Singapore, he will also attend a ministerial meeting of the ASEAN.

“Consensus among South-east Asian countries on accepting Iran as a member of the ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) indicates the importance of relations and interaction with Iran as an important and influential power in regional and international equations by all members of this Association,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi a few days ago.

The ministerial summit of the ASEAN member states and its partners was kicked off on Monday and will last until August 4 in Singapore.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also expected to attend the summit on August 3, fuelling speculations that there might be a bilateral meeting between top diplomats of Iran and the US after the recent escalation of war of words between Tehran and Washington.

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