German FM due in Iran, to mull Tehran-Riyadh tension

Politics Materials 1 February 2016 13:32 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 1

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will pay a two-day official visit to Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

Heading a high-ranking economic-cultural delegation, Steinmeier is scheduled to visit Tehran Feb. 2, the German embassy to Tehran said, Mehr news agency reported Feb. 1.

The top German diplomat will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament's Speaker Ali Larijani, as well as his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Mutual ties, economic cooperation, as well as latest regional developments, including Syria crisis and the recent tension between Tehran and Riyadh will be discussed during the visit, according to the report.

It was earlier announced that in line with efforts to decrease Tehran-Riyadh tension Steinmeier will visit Iran to prepare grounds for a dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The top German diplomat will also later visit Riyadh to attend a cultural event there and confer with Saudi officials as well.

The crisis erupted between Riyadh and Tehran after execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr by Saudis on Jan. 2.

Following al-Nimr's execution, angry Iranian protesters attacked Saudi embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad. Right after the attacks on its diplomatic missions, the Saudi Arabia said it severed ties with the Islamic Republic.