TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Uruguay early Wednesday after a one-day visit to Brazil that included tight meetings with senior officials and signing of bilateral agreements.

The top Iranian diplomat is in Uruguay’s capital of Montevideo as part of a tour that took him earlier to Senegal and Brazil.

During his stay in Brasilia, Foreign Minister Zarif held meetings with senior officials of the South American nation and attended trade and academic conferences.

Zarif had announced earlier that his trip, including a big business delegation, revolves around expansion of economic ties.

In a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Aloysio Nunes Ferreira Filho, the Iranian foreign minister called for efforts to remove the obstacles to banking relations.

The two diplomats also weighed plans for expansion of ties between the two countries, and signed a number of bilateral agreements at the conclusion of the meeting.

Foreign Minister Zarif also held a meeting with President of Brazil Michel Temer. In the gathering, Zarif highlighted the grounds for enhanced economic and trade ties between Tehran and Brasilia, as in the oil and gas industry, agriculture and aerospace technology.

The Brazilian president, for his part, expressed his country’s willingness to boost ties with Iran in various fields, voicing support for Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.

Apart from political meetings, Zarif attended a forum at Brazil’s Rio Branco Institute -a graduate school of international relations and diplomatic academy- and also gave a speech to a seminar of Iran-Brazil bilateral trade, held at Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry and attended by business people and entrepreneurs from the two countries.


Foreign Minister Zarif’s entourage in the tour of Senegal, Brazil, Uruguay and Liberia includes representatives of tens of companies and entrepreneurs from both the state-run and private sectors.