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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received Iran’s Foreign Minister

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The Prime Minister received a visit today from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The ties between Sweden and Iran are deep, not least thanks to the large Iranian diaspora in Sweden. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister discussed bilateral issues such as trade and cooperation between Iran and Sweden. Human rights were also addressed. The Government is confident that international exchange and increased trade will contribute to positive developments in Iran.

Stefan Löfven and Mohammad Javad Zarif shaking hands.
The Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister discussed bilateral issues such as trade and cooperation. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Iran is an important country in a region of considerable significance to Sweden. Mr Zarif's personal commitment was an important reason why the nuclear deal between Iran and the rest of the world could be agreed last year. The agreement was a positive step in a region otherwise characterised by extensive challenges. For Sweden, the agreement also means opportunities to develop Sweden's political and economic relations with Iran. Since the agreement was concluded, Ministers Mikael Damberg and Ibrahim Baylan have visited Iran.

Mr Zarif's visit to Sweden is taking place in connection with visits to Poland, Finland and Latvia. He has also recently visited the UK, France and Italy.