Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, pictured here at a UN General Assembly event in Manhattan on September 27, 2017, is due to visit Qatar on October 2. Bria Webb / Reuters Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, pictured here at a UN General Assembly event in Manhattan on September 27, 2017, is due to visit Qatar on October 2. Bria Webb / Reuters

Iran's foreign minister cancels attendance at Davos summit

By: MENA
Mon, Jan. 20, 2020
TEHRAN, Jan 20 (MENA) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has cancelled his trip and will not be attending the Davos Forum, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday amid a crisis with Washington and disputes with Europe over Iran's nuclear steps.

The summit in the Swiss resort also comes after Iran earlier this month shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 people on board. Tensions also remain high between Iran and the US after an America drone killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

Zarif had been invited and plans had been made for him to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

However, according to Mousavi, officials at the forum changed plans involving Zarif, which led to the diplomat cancelling his trip, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.
 
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