News ID: 187843
Published: 0642 GMT February 17, 2017

Zarif in Germany for Munich Security Conference

Zarif in Germany for Munich Security Conference

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is in Germany for a three-day conference on security.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Zarif arrived in the southern German city of Munich, the capital and largest city of the state of Bavaria, to attend the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC).

The MSC, one of the most prestigious global forums, kicked off on Friday.

According to the official website of the MSC from Friday until Sunday, more than 500 decision-makers from across the globe, including more than 25 heads of state and government, 80 foreign and defense ministers come together in Munich for discussions on major international security challenges.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also attended the event for the first time since 2015.

The Iranian diplomat is slated to deliver a speech at the international event on Sunday morning.

Zarif is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi.

According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi, Zarif will also hold bilateral talks with some heads of state and foreign ministers as well as owners of economic enterprises on the sidelines of conference.

Over the past five decades, the MSC has become a key annual gathering for the international "strategic community." Since its foundation in 1963, the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue. In addition to the annual flagship conference in February, the MSC regularly convenes other high-profile events in capitals around the world.


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