Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis held talks over bilateral ties, the Vienna talks and some regional issues in a telephone conversation.
In this telephone conversation, Iran’s foreign minister referred to Switzerland’s important position in Europe and noted that bilateral relations between the two countries are on the right track, and that the recent visit by the Swiss parliament speaker to Tehran was a turning point in parliamentary relations between Tehran and Bern.
Amir-Abdollahian also spoke of the efforts to solve some problems in expanding the activities of Swiss companies in Iran and stressed the need to expand relations between the two countries in various fields, including science, education, agriculture, transportation, health and banking.
Iran’s foreign minister announced Tehran’s readiness to hold a joint economic commission with Switzerland, and expressed hope that this will materialize soon.
The top Swiss diplomat also referred to his visit to Iran on the 100th anniversary of relations between the two countries, describing Iran as a historical and very attractive country.
Referring to the importance of the Tehran-Bern relations, Cassis explained the state of the two countries’ trade channel.
In the phone conversation, the foreign ministers of Iran and Switzerland reviewed the situation in Afghanistan too.
Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran encourages the current ruling body of Afghanistan to form an inclusive government. He expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in the country on the eve of the winter and called for an international effort to respond to the humanitarian situation, and the situation of refugees in Afghanistan.
He announced the Islamic Republic’s readiness to help transfer aid to Afghanistan via the Iranian territory.
The Swiss foreign minister said that his country is ready to participate in an international drive to help Afghanistan. He added that Switzerland is prepared to help Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
Cassis noted that his country is on the same page with Iran regarding the need for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. He also praised the efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran to find a diplomatic solution in Afghanistan, as well as Iran’s hosting of Afghan asylum seekers.
The Iranian foreign minister also referred to the critical situation in Yemen and said Iran supports any effort to lift the siege of the country and end the war.
Amir-Abdollahian noted that talks to lift sanctions against Iran will begin next week in Vienna and stressed that Tehran is ready and serious to reach a good and immediate agreement. He however noted that the Islamic Republic does not trust the US behavior.
He noted that the United States claims it is interested in returning to the Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA, on the one hand, and that it has imposed sanctions on Iranian individuals and companies in two stages over the past few weeks on the other hand.
Amir Abdollahian added that the US’s contradictory behavior is one of the main obstacles in negotiations. He also pointed out that the Islamic Republic of Iran judges the United States on the basis of its behavior.