TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and visiting Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Takeo Mori held talks on a range of issues, including ways to promote the relations between the two countries in all spheres.

In the meeting, held in Tehran on Saturday, Zarif hailed the good relations between Iran and Japan in diverse fields and called for closer economic cooperation between the countries.

The Iranian foreign minister and the Japanese diplomat also discussed regional and international issues as well as the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Also on Saturday, Japan’s Mori and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi held the 25th round of political negotiations between the two countries.

In the meeting, the two sides explored avenues for the development of mutual cooperation and the latest regional and international developments.

The meetings came against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached the nuclear deal and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

The JCPOA terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.

However, Iranian officials have complained about the failure of the other side, especially the US, to fully implement the accord, as Iran still has problems in its banking transactions with other countries.