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198 words - August 19, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
On August 17, Mohammad Javad Zarif was officially appointed as the Foreign Minister of Iran by President Hassan Rouhani. First steps of Mr. Zarif have been to comment on the Egyptian crisis and to answer calls from foreign counterparts. In line with President Rouhani's speech criticizing the Egyptian army for "ruthless killing of the people," Mr. Zarif warned against start of a civil war in Egypt and called on all belligerent parties to exercise "maximum restraint".
From a global viewpoint, Mr. Zarif stressed there will be "no place for individual and factional views" in the conduct of Iran's foreign policy while explaining the conspicuous absence of former foreign minister and current advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on foreign affairs, Ali-Akbar Velayati, at his introduction ceremony.
In a telephone conversation with European Union foreign policy High Representative Catherine Ashton, Mr. Zarif reiterated Iran's readiness to hold purposive talks within definite time framework. Mrs Ashton "underlined her continued determination and commitment to seek a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue." Mr. Zarif also talked with United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon and German counterpart Guido Westerwelle.
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