Zarif to begin North African tour on Sunday

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will begin a tour of three North African nations on Sunday, a spokesman said.

(tasnim) -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that Zarif is going to visit Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia on a two-day trip.

Apart from meetings with his counterparts, Foreign Minister Zarif is planned to meet the heads of the three states, Qassemi added, referring to “expansion of bilateral relations” with those countries as the purpose of the trip.

“Consultation on regional developments, including Syria and the Persian Gulf issues, will be on the agenda of the trip,” the spokesperson noted.

Highlighting the need for Muslim unity with regard to the regional situation, Qassemi said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that Muslim countries should consolidate unity and convergence” against hostile and divisive plots.