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Iran, Belgium FMs discuss bilateral ties, int’l issues

New York, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed a range of issues including Iran nuclear deal, officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders in New York on Monday.

During the meeting, they also conferred on the Syrian situation and underlined the need for pursuing a diplomatic solution as well as Astana Peace Process.

Both ministers agreed that all parties to JCPOA should live up to their commitments under the international pact.

Yemen and the necessity for cooperation among countries to establish peace and ceasefire in the country as well as ways of broadening bilateral ties and investment in Iran were among other topics discussed during the meeting.

Zarif is currently in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace.

The event is to be held from April 24-25 in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Zarif is to deliver a speech on April 24.

Holding bilateral meetings with officials of other countries is on Zarif's itinerary.

Zarif also sat down for talks with UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak. He also has talked with media outlets such as CBS News, Al-Monitor, New Yorker and New York Times on a range of issues including JCPOA, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and regional and international developments.

During the talks, Zarif underlined Iran's rights to economic benefits under the nuclear deal, urging the European parties such as French President Emanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pressure or encourage the US to comply with its commitments under the deal.

The Iranian top diplomat is scheduled to hold talks with German, Norwegian and Polish counterparts on Tuesday.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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