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Foreign minister arrives in Sri Lanka

New Delhi, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, on Tuesday to examine expansion of relations and cooperation with that country.

Upon his arrival, Zarif went to the presidential palace to confer with the country's President Maithripala Sirisena on issues of mutual interests along with regional developments.

During his two-day stay in Sri Lanka, Zaif is to meet with senior Sri Lankan officials to broaden relations and cooperation.

Zarif is also to travel to Singapore to sign documents on Iran's joining the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).

Unanimity among all Southeast Asian countries to accept Iran as a party to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) is indicative of the significance of interaction with Iran as an important and influential country in regional and international equations.

Ministers of foreign affairs of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened in Singapore on Monday for six days to discuss regional and trans-regional issues related to this Association and the TAC.

The ministers of ten member states, as well as the ministers of observer countries, including Iran, will discuss the latest regional and trans-regional developments in the 51st session of the Association and the subsidiary meetings, the 19th meeting of ASEAN Plus, the 8th ministerial meeting of East Asia, and the 25th regional conference of ASEAN.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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