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  3/18/2014, Adar Bet 16, 5774

Zarif Cancels Dinner with Ashton, EU Unfazed


Iran’s foreign minister cancelled a planned dinner meeting with the European Union’s foreign policy chief on Monday over meetings she held with opposition activists during a visit to Iran earlier this month, The Associated Press (AP) reported, citing the Iranian Fars news agency.

According to the report, Foreign Minister 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.