Iran foreign minister makes first ever Latvia visit

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The first ever visit of an Iranian Foreign Minister to Latvia took place Thursday with the arrival of Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as taking part in the opening of a Latvia-Iran Business Forum.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, will arrive on a visit to Latvia to discuss bilateral cooperation with Latvia’s highest ranking officials, as well as taking part in the opening of the Latvia-Iran Business Forum.

Zarif and his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral consultations.

Rinkēvičs stressed the need to expand the legal basis of a convention for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion, as well as an air traffic agreement.

"Latvia is interested in economic cooperation and in the promotion and diversification of exports with Iran, particularly in view of the decision on the gradual abolition of sanctions" said Rinkēvičs.

"Latvia is a suitable location for transit and logistics, for access to the European Union and Asian markets, so we are interested in deepening cooperation with Iran in the field of transit and logistics," said Rinkēvičs.

Underlining that hope that with sanctions against the Teheran regime likely to be dropped after the signing of a landmark nuclear deal, the Iranian Foreign Minister was accompanied by more than 60 businessmen on his trip.

"We talked about how we might promote peace, both regionally and at the global level... how we might tackle the threat of terrorism," said Zarif.

"We also discussed how we might protect human rights," he added.

Mohammad Javad Zarif will also meet with President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, and the speaker of the Saeima, Ināra Mūrniece.

Rinkēvičs, first visited Iran with a Latvian business delegation from 22 to 24 April 2014.

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