Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt described continued consultations and exchange of views with Iran as efficient and constructive in finding solutions to many problems. According to a report released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau, Bildt made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in Stockholm on Monday, where the two sides discussed bilateral ties, and exchanged views about significant regional and international issues.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed regular periodic meetings between the two foreign ministry officials (i.e. deputies and director generals), formation of a contact group in grounds of global disarmament, arrangement of the 7th meeting of the two countries’ joint economic commission in Tehran next September, formation of a working group to discuss issues related to Afghanistan and opening of Iran’s consulate in Joteborg.
The Swedish top diplomat welcomed continued exchange of views between the two countries’ officials, and noting the significant role and standing of Iran in the Middle-East, he said, “Continued exchange of views and consultations with Iran can, undoubtedly, prove effective and constructive in attaining solutions to many problems, given Iran’s undeniable influence in the region.”
Following the meeting, the two officials attended a press conference and responded to the different questions asked about Iran’s nuclear issue, Mottaki’s attendance at Iraq security conference in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh and the two countries’ bilateral political and economic ties.