June 17, 2016

IT'S A TRADE DEAL:

Germany hosts Iran FM, belying vow not to normalize ties (RAPHAEL AHREN, June 16, 2016, Times of Israel)

Germany's foreign minister on Wednesday welcomed his Iranian counterpart for a bilateral meeting in Berlin, seemingly defying Chancellor Angela Merkel's earlier commitment to not normalize relations with Tehran as long as the regime refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier hosted Mohammad Javad Zarif at a castle belonging to the Foreign Ministry outside Berlin, in what marked the first time Germany hosted the Iranian top diplomat for bilateral talks.

According to Germany's Foreign Ministry, the two men discussed Iranian-German relations, regional issues such as the civil war in Syria, and the implementation of the nuclear deal six world powers struck with Iran last year. After their discussion, Steinmeier hosted Zarif at an iftar dinner to break the fast of Ramadan at Villa Borsig.

Posted by at June 17, 2016 4:21 PM

  

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