TEHRAN – Josep Borrell, high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, arrived in Iran for talks with Iranian senior officials on multiple issues, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday.

Borrell will meet with the Iranian president, foreign minister and parliament speaker to discuss the course of affairs concerning the Iranian nuclear program, the Iran-EU relations as well as regional and international issues, Mousavi said at his weekly press conference.

The Iranian spokesman expressed hope that Borrell’s “important” visit will result in further understandings and de-escalation of tensions between Iran and some Western states.

Borrell’s visit to Iran, for the first time since taking office in December 2019, comes amid escalating disputes over the country’s nuclear program.

On Jan. 16, Borrell met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, India.

During the meeting, Zarif urged the European countries to fulfil their commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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