Iranian, Norwegian Foreign Ministers Meet in NY

Iranian, Norwegian Foreign Ministers Meet in NY

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The foreign ministers of Iran and Norway talked about a range of issues at a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In the Friday meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide discussed Tehran-Oslo bilateral ties and the situation in Afghanistan.

The Norwegian minister made it clear in the meeting that Iran will maintain its special place in her country’s foreign policy despite the changes that are going to happen in Norway’s government in a few weeks.

Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, Soreide called for more disciplined talks on the issue. She said the developments in Afghanistan have far-reaching implications for the region and the world.

She also pointed to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said that the agreement is highly important in international politics, expressing hope that the nuclear deal would be revived.

For his part, Amirabdollahian said Iran is interested in holding a joint political commission with Norway at the level of deputy foreign ministers for political affairs. He also invited the Norwegian foreign minister to visit Iran.

Amirabdollahian referred to the high potential for expanding relations with Norway, saying the Iranian government’s priority is to deepen economic relations with other countries.

There is much room for serious cooperation between Iran and Norway, he added.

He also stressed that the situation in Afghanistan can only be resolved through genuine dialogue among Afghan factions and through the formation of an inclusive government, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.

The Iranian foreign minister went on to say that Tehran has done its utmost to give assistance to the Afghans, expressing Iran’s readiness for cooperation with Norway in this regard.

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