Vatican, 13 July 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Iran, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, in a meeting with Cardinal Secretary of State Vatican, Pietro Parolin, and Secretary for International Relations, Paul  Richard Gallagher, reviewed international developments.

The two sides exchanged views on common interests and concerns regarding international and regional development. Both sides reviewed bilateral relations and emphasized preparing a mechanism for promoting cooperation.

They also discussed the importance of inter-religious dialogue, which had been discussed following a visit to the Vatican by the Director of Iranian Seminary Schools’ Affairs, Ali-Reza Arafi.

Foreign Ministers of Iran exchanged views with the other side on ways to strengthen global and regional peace and stability. They also emphasized the necessity of fighting political solutions to the crisis.

Security Issues and Sanctions on Iran

Amir Abdollahian elaborated on the latest status of negotiations on lifting sanctions. He underlined that Iran is serious about a good and stable agreement. Iranian Foreign Minister further stressed Iran’s role in its global responsibility for dealing with terrorism.

He said Iran has played an important role in protecting Yazidi Christians of Iraq and Christians of Syria against the criminal terrorists of ISIS, with the efforts of the martyr, General Qasem Soleimani.

As much as Iran opposes the war in Ukraine and supports a political solution to end it, it also opposes the war in other regions of the world, Amir Abdollahian said.

“We are particularly concerned about any worsening of the situation in northern Syria and have made significant efforts to prevent a new crisis,” he reiterated.

Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian explained Iran’s approach to the political solution to the crisis in Yemen, Ukraine, and Afghanistan. He also elaborated on Iran’s democratic plan to hold a referendum among the original Palestinians including Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

Iranian Foreign Minister reviewed the situation in Lebanon and invited Vatican Representative to Iran. The two sides emphasized the necessity of establishing stable peace and security, especially in West Asia.

They emphasized the joint view of Iran and the Vatican regarding the political use of the tool of illegal cross-border sanctions.