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EghtesadOnline: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Secretary-General of France’s foreign ministry Christian Masset have discussed regional and bilateral issues in a meeting held in Tehran.

During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister expressed the hope that two sides’ cooperation continues to expand and said repeated bilateral meetings can remove the obstacles to expansion of Tehran-Paris ties, particularly in the economic field.

According to ISNA, he also called for the continuation of political talks between the two sides.

Iran’s top diplomat also expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to offer humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and said as a country trying to find a political solution to the current crisis in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any initiative put forth by France to achieve the goal.

For his part, Masset referred to the deep relations between Iran and France and said the trade volume between the two sides has been growing significantly after the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.

“France is seeking to remove the current barriers in the way of promoting bilateral relations. We are also trying to find an appropriate mechanism to continue our cooperation,” he said.

The French official also pointed to his country’s stance towards the nuclear deal and said Paris is interested in finding an immediate solution to the current crisis in the Persian Gulf.

“France is ready to mediate between the conflicting sides of the diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf,” he noted.

Mohammad Javad Zarif Iran-France ties Christian Masset