Iranian Zarif to Attend Oslo Forum


02_OsloIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to Norway next week to attend the 2016 edition of the Oslo Forum, an annual international conference on armed conflict mediators and peace process actors.

He will join an estimated 100 other prominent mediators and peace process players from around the world on June 14 and 15 to share experience of peacemaking, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The forum is organized jointly by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, a private diplomacy and conflict mediation organization.

It annually brings together senior conflict mediators, major players in peace processes, key decision-makers and eminent thinkers to reflect on current peace processes and to strengthen the practice of conflict mediation internationally.

Other participants at the gathering will include US Secretary of State John Kerry and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan K. Eliasson as well as the foreign ministers of Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia and New Zealand will also attend.

The two-day event will feature panel discussions, debates and roundtable sessions on a variety of topics.

Nuclear Talks Possible
It is not still clear whether or not Zarif will hold meetings with Kerry and Mogherini on the sidelines of the conference to discuss the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

While the JCPOA came into force in January, some Iranian officials have complained about the US failure to fully implement the accord.

In an interview with Tasnim News Agency in April, Mogherini said the EU has been holding talks with the US to remove the obstacles in the way of banks trying to get into Iran after implementation of the nuclear deal.
Back in March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Americans have yet to fulfill what they were supposed to as per the nuclear deal.

Iran still has problems in its banking transactions and in restoring its frozen assets because western countries and those involved in such processes are afraid of the Americans, the Leader said at the time, criticizing Washington for its covert moves to prevent Iran from taking advantage of the sanctions relief as enshrined in the landmark nuclear agreement.

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