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Meeting between Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Today, at the Foreign Ministry, Minister Luigi Di Maio has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Minister Di Maio has first of all expressed deep concern about the escalation of attacks and violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, calling for an immediate end to all violence.

Condemning the rocket attacks from Gaza and urging a proportionate Israeli response, he has reiterated his call to the parties to take immediate de-escalation measures and show responsibility.

Minister Di Maio has then highlighted the importance of the ongoing negotiations in Vienna on the revitalisation of the JCPoA and the parallel contacts with the United States, expressing the hope that a compromise might swiftly be reached on the outstanding issues. He has reaffirmed that the nuclear deal remains a pillar of non-proliferation and regional stability and a key element in the much hoped-for strengthening of bilateral economic cooperation.

The two Ministers have then exchanged views on the main regional dossiers, from Iraq and Afghanistan to the crises in Syria and Yemen, regarding which Minister Di Maio has reiterated Italy’s convinced support for a political solution.

Minister Di Maio has also drawn attention to the human rights situation in Iran, recalling Italy’s traditional position in support of human rights and a moratorium on capital punishment.

Finally, the two Ministers have reviewed the most significant aspects of bilateral cooperation.

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