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Visiting Nicaraguan FM Meets With Iran’s Zarif

Visiting Nicaraguan FM Meets With Iran’s Zarif
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By Staff, Agencies

Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada Colindres has met with his Iranian counterpart Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his current visit to Iran to take part in the inauguration ceremonies of new Iranian President Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi and held talks on mutual ties and latest development in the Latin American region.

Zarif described the ties between the two nations in variety of fields as significant and called for employment of appropriate measures to expand bilateral cooperation.

The top Iranian diplomat further highlighted the identical experiences of both nations in resisting against brutal economic pressures imposed through unilateral US policies and emphasized on the certain success of Iranian and Nicaraguan people in overcoming such measures.

Colindres, for his part, expressed his pleasure for taking part in the presidential inauguration events and further thanked Zarif for his efforts to develop ties between the two countries in the past eight years.

The development came as the US State Department announced on Friday new restrictions on 50 immediate family members of Nicaraguan officials with close ties with the country’s president and top leader of its 1979 revolution, Daniel Ortega.

The officials include lawmakers, prosecutors and judges. The US statement on the move alleged that Ortega’s government has arrested nearly three dozen opposition figures over the past two months, including seven potential challengers for the presidency.

Nicaragua is due to hold national elections in November. Ortega is seeking a fourth consecutive term. US officials claimed that Nicaragua's electoral council, which is packed with Ortega's allies, barred an anti-government conservative coalition from running in the Nov. 7 elections.

The State Department announcement of visa sanctions against 50 Nicaraguans Friday follows similar measures taken against 100 others on July 12. The US claimed they were “believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy, including those with responsibility for, or complicity in, the suppression of peaceful protests or abuse of human rights, and the immediate family members of such persons.”

The Nicaraguan government did not immediately comment on the new restrictions. In the past, Ortega has maintained that widespread protests that began in April 2018 were an attempted coup with foreign backing.