Mogherini visiting Iran, Saudi Arabia as painkiller
Tehran, Iran, October 29
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s current trip to Iran and Saudi Arabia acts only as a tranquilizer given international circumstances, Ali Khorram, political analyst told Trend October 29.
Having a mission to take care of the Syrian conflict, Mogherini is trying to soothe Iran and Saudi Arabia in the absence of the US which is anticipating a presidential election, Khorram said.
Mogherini arrived in Tehran October 29. In the morning she met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif over the Syrian crisis. In the afternoon she met with President Hassan Rouhani.
Mogherini’s visit to Tehran comes following Zarif’s intensive talks with his Russian and Syrian counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Walid Muallem.
The EU official is slated to leave Tehran for Saudi capital, Riyadh this evening.
The United States’ active role in political talks over the Syrian conflict has subsided in recent days as the country is preparing for presidential election on November 8.
Iran and Saudi Arabia hold opposite positions in the Syrian conflict. Iran supports President Bashar al-Assad, whereas Saudi Arabia pushes for his removal.