Source: Press TV
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with Cuba's President Raul Castro while on the first leg of a six-nation tour of Latin American countries.
Iran's FM Javad Zarif meets Cuba's President Raul Castro in Havana on August 22, 2016
(photo by Mehr News Agency)
The meeting took place on Monday in the Cuban capital of Havana, where the top Iranian diplomat arrived on Sunday night at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation.
The two statesmen discussed the development of bilateral ties, international and Middle East affairs, as well as the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which is to be held in Venezuela later in the year.
Zarif earlier met with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez and the country's Minister of Economy and Vice-President Ricardo Cabrisas.
In his meeting with Rodriguez, Zarif said he sought to "open a new chapter in bilateral relations with Cuba."
The top Cuban diplomat, for his part, hailed "the Iranian foreign policy's victory" in reaching a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers and the deal's subsequent implementation.
Cabrisas visited Iran earlier in August, when he handed over a written message by President Castro to President Hassan Rouhani. He said Havana sought the promotion of all-out relations with Tehran.
Zarif leads a group of 120 businessmen and financial executives from government and private sectors. He has now arrived in Nicaragua on the second leg of his Latin American trip, which will also take him to Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, and Venezuela.
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