NEW YORK, NY – USA —2nd October, 2015— The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has formalized diplomatic relations at a meeting on the sidelines of the historical seventieth session of the UN General Assembly.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon Charles Fernandez and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, the Hon Mohammad Javad Zarif both agreed that this was the most opportune time to formalize diplomatic relations. Minister Fernandez and Minister Zarif explored areas of mutual cooperation between countries, including the promotion of south-south cooperation, energy and sustainable development.

The bilateral relations communiqué conveys the agreement of both States for their diplomatic relations to be guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, particularly on equality among States, respect for national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other States, and respect for international treaties.

During his national Statement Prime Minister Gaston Browne expressed congratulations to the people of Iran on their commitment to continuing on a path to security and stability and indicated his interest in Antigua and Barbuda participating with Iran in economic engagements. This agreement is a first step in establishing those ties and formalizing communication between the two nations. (Ends)

Digital photos compliments Antigua and Barbuda UN Mission:

  1. Foreign Minister Fernandez and Foreign Minister Zarif in discussion at the United Nations
  2. Both Foreign Ministers exchanged signed agreements establishing diplomatic relations