TEHRAN, August 24 -Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the country's top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif will soon head a delegation to a number of East Asian states as part of Iran’s “proactive” diplomacy, after concluding his visit to Europe.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC) _“Seeking to follow up on and implement the Islamic Republic of Iran’s proactive and equilibrated [approach to] diplomacy, Zarif will head a delegation to China, Japan and Malaysia in East Asia starting on Sunday,” Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday.
“Bilateral relations and the most pressing issues in the region and world are among the main topics to be discussed,” he added.
Tehran has long-enjoyed close relations with a number of Asian and East Asian countries as part of a greater policy of diversifying and strengthening its foreign relations.
Iran's ties with Asian countries have proven to be vital in countering US attempts to isolate the country specifically after Washington withdrew from the multi-lateral 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions.
Europe’s failure to provide meaningful economic incentives as required under the 2015 deal and protect its trade with Iran against Washington’s sanctions has also convinced Iran to further shift to the East.
'US doesn't hold all cards'
Zarif’s trip to East Asia will take place shortly after concluding a nearly week-long visit to Europe, during which he held high-level talks with European officials in Finland, Sweden, Norway and France to ease tensions in the Middle East.
During a joint press conference with Finland's Foreign Affairs Minister Pekka Haavisto on Monday, Zarif emphasized that the nuclear deal is not open to re-negotiations.