WORLD Iran officially joins ASEAN treaty: report

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Iran officially joins ASEAN treaty: report

Xinhua

19:44, August 02, 2018

TEHRAN, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ratified Iran's membership in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) on Thursday, Tasnim news agency reported.

In a ceremony on the sidelines of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore on Thursday, Iran officially joined the TAC Treaty.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended the event.

According to official IRNA news agency, there was a consensus among southeast Asian countries to accept Iran as a party to the treaty.

This indicates the significance of interaction with Iran as an important and influential country in regional and international equations, the report said.

On Wednesday, Zarif met Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for talks on the bilateral ties, the major regional and international issues, as well as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral nuclear agreement which the U.S. government withdrew back in May.

In separate meetings, the Iranian foreign minister has held talks with his Japanese, Filipino and Turkish counterparts on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting to discuss the bilateral, regional and international issues.  

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