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Iran’s top diplomat due in Singapore soon

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to pay an official visit to Singapore in coming days, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

According to Tasnim news agency, Qassemi said Zarif will travel to the Southeast Asian country in the coming days to sign a treaty between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He further emphasized that there has been a consensus among the member states of the ASEAN to accept Iran as a member of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), which indicates that the countries attach great importance to their relations with Iran as a major regional and international player.

The ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian countries that promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration amongst its members.

It also regularly engages other states in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Being a global powerhouse in the political arena, the central platform for cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and one of the world’s most prominent organizations, ASEAN maintains a global network of alliances and is involved in numerous international affairs.

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