Annual bilateral consultations held in Tehran

Bilaterale konsultasjoner i Teheran våren 2017.JPG

A Norwegian delegation headed by Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wegger Christian Strømmen, visited Tehran this week for the annual bilateral consultations between Norway and Iran.

The Secretary General discussed regional developments and ways to develop bilateral ties in meetings with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi and head of the Expediency Council’s Strategic Research Center Ali-Akbar Velayati. Strømmen called for enhanced economic cooperation between the two countries, especially in the fields of oil and gas, aquaculture and maritime affairs. However, there is a need to further improve banking ties to facilitate closer economic cooperation.

During his meeting with Zarif, the two sides exchanged views on regional and international developments. Strømmen expressed Europe’s full support for the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. He also said that the fight against terrorist groups like ISIL is a common interest for the two sides. Zarif, for his part, described the ties between the two countries as moving forward in the political and economic fields, and called for expansion of the relations in cultural and parliamentary spheres. To further develop ties and remove obstacles, Zarif expressed readiness to prepare a roadmap for bilateral ties.

Strømmen also had a sit down with the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), the Supreme National Security Council and the Tehran office of the Norwegian company DNVGL during his two days in Tehran. Strømmen characterized the consultations during his visit to Tehran as useful and good, and invited his Iranian counterpart to Norway in 2018 for the next round of bilateral consultations.