May 7, 2021

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Iran, Indonesia foreign ministers discuss trade, economy

Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has discussed trade and economic issues in a meeting in Jakarta with his Indonesian counterpart

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed trade and economic issues in a meeting in Jakarta on Monday with his Indonesian counterpart, the two countries said.

Zarif emphasized the importance of finalizing a preferential trade agreement in his talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

He expressed Iran’s readiness to continue negotiations, it said in a statement.

During his visit, Zarif also met Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Zarif’s visit to Jakarta came three months after Indonesian authorities seized the Iranian-flagged tanker MT Horse and a Panamanian-flagged tanker, the MT Freya. The ships were suspected of a variety of violations, including illegally transferring fuel at sea, spilling oil, not displaying national flags, covering the names on their hulls, shutting off their identification systems and anchoring illegally.

The two foreign ministries did not indicate whether the ministers discussed the seizure of the tankers..

Original News : https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-indonesia-foreign-ministers-discuss-trade-economy-77162162

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