Visit of Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney to Iran
Press release06 March 2021
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D., will visit Iran on 7 March. He is set to meet with President Rouhani and Minister for Foreign Affairs Zarif.
Ahead of the visit, the Minister said:
“Ireland has been appointed as Facilitator for Resolution 2231 on the Security Council. This Resolution provides for the Security Council’s engagement with the Iranian nuclear deal, the JCPOA.
“Ireland is a strong supporter of the JCPOA. In our role as Facilitator, Ireland is keen to maintain a close dialogue with all actors, and encourage all parties to return to full compliance with the agreement.
“The visit will also be a valuable opportunity to discuss the JCPOA, along with other key issues in the Middle East, many of which feature on the agenda of the Security Council.”
The Minister added:
“This visit also comes at an important moment in our bilateral relationship, following the decision of the Government this week to designate a Chargé d’Affaires to Tehran, and to work towards the re-establishment of an Irish Embassy in Tehran by 2023.”
5 March 2021
Notes to Editors
- Ireland is Facilitator of Resolution 2231 on the Security Council. In this role, Ireland updates the Council on progress towards implementing Iran’s nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
- The JCPOA was agreed in 2005 between Iran and the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, US, China, Russia). The US, under President Trump, withdrew from the agreement in 2018. The Biden Administration has indicated a willingness to re-engage with the JCPOA, should Iran come back into compliance.
- On 2 March the Government announced the re-establishment of an Irish Mission in Tehran, to be headed at Chargé d’Affaires level. The Mission will be co-located with the German Embassy under a co-location agreement.
- The Government also committed to re-establishing an Irish Embassy in Tehran by 2023.
- The delegation will be travelling in full compliance with public health requirements and guidance in regard to essential travel.