- Talks between the Swiss Foreign Minister and Iranian officials began on Sunday.
- Iran has claimed that the issue is not about Iran-US relations.
- One of the topics of discussion is the Swiss financial solution.
Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis has left for Tehran to hold talks with officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has claimed that the issue is not about Iran-US relations. One of the topics of discussion is the Swiss financial solution. The first stop of Cassis’ travel was the city of Isfahan.
Cassis visited the historical monuments of the city. Talks between the Swiss Foreign Minister and Iranian officials began on Sunday.
In his first meeting with the officials of the Islamic Republic, Cassis met with Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran.
“I’m glad we could establish together the Swiss Humanitarian Channel for the transfer of food and medical supplies to the people of Iran,” Cassis wrote on Twitter.
After that, the foreign ministers of Iran and Switzerland met. It is said that Cassis will also meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Relations with the United States
Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, officially announced at a news conference on Monday that the visit of the Swiss Foreign Minister “has nothing to do with US-Iranian relations.”
“Our policy towards the United States has not changed,” Khatibzadeh stressed. It should be noted that Switzerland is one of the guardians of US interests in Iran. Following the darkening of Iran’s relations with Canada and Saudi Arabia, part of the diplomatic affairs of these countries is also conducted through Switzerland.
While Cassis is said to have visited Iran on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Iran and Switzerland, Khatibzadeh said:
“The visit of the Swiss Foreign Minister is within the normal framework of the visits of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries. This trip was delayed due to the coronavirus, otherwise, it would have been done sooner.”
Khatibzadeh called the reference of some media outlets to the diplomatic efforts of Iran and the United States for direct negotiations as media speculation. Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of Russia’s readiness to prepare for direct talks between Iran and the United States.
Swiss Financial Channel
The Tasnim News Agency has published short news about the meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Swiss counterpart.
As of this writing, the Iranian media has not released any information on the content of the dialogue between the two politicians. It is said that one of the main topics of discussion was the Swiss financial channel.
On Twitter, the Swiss foreign minister described peace, economic relations, and human rights issues as “fruitful talks” with Zarif. In this tweet, he expressed satisfaction with the launch of the financial mechanism channel with Iran.
During a meeting with Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran, the Swiss Foreign Minister also mentioned the importance of the Swiss financial channel for the expansion of trade between the two countries.
However, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that despite the launch of this financial channel, so far only one limited financial transaction has been made to export drugs to Iran through this financial mechanism.
Khatibzadeh has said:
“This channel started its work on a trial basis with a 20-month delay due to US pressure in February . “In June, the first serious transaction was made and pharmaceutical items were sent to Iran.”
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has emphasized that the June financial transaction was carried out with Iranian financial resources. “These resources are not infinite,” Khatibzadeh continued.