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Zarif Cancels Dinner With EU’s Ashton Over Meetings With Opposition Activists

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with reporters, on February 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / Press TV.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with reporters, on February 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / Press TV.

Times of Israel Iran’s foreign minister cancelled a planned dinner meeting with the European Union’s foreign policy chief on Monday over meetings she had with opposition activists during a visit to Iran earlier this month, semiofficial Fars news agency reported

It said Mohammad Javad Zarif’s cancellation of Monday’s scheduled dinner with Catherine Ashton in Vienna was intended to protest “uncoordinated meetings in Tehran,” a reference to her meeting with female opposition activists convicted of rioting after the disputed 2009 election, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

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