Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held meetings with a number of foreign counterparts and top UN officials in New York to discuss various topics, from the plight of Muslims in Myanmar to the independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan.
Working to a tight schedule on the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, Zarif met with the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Algeria and a UN under-secretary-general on Monday.
In the meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, the two diplomats focused on Tehran-Jakarta bilateral ties, and on ways to deliver humanitarian aid to the persecuted Muslim people of Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of whom have crossed into Bangladesh since late August to escape an ongoing military crackdown.
In another meeting, Foreign Minister Zarif and his Algerian counterpart talked about the latest status of implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), and regional developments, as those in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Yemen, Syria and the Persian Gulf region.
The top Iranian diplomat’s meeting with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman revolved around the JCPOA, and the situation in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Myanmar.
Zarif has held dozens of other high-profile meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in recent days.