Iran, Indonesia Foreign Ministers Discuss Trade, Economy

In this photo released by Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, right, talks with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, April 19, 2021. (Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
In this photo released by Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, right, talks with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, April 19, 2021. (Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed trade and economic issues in a meeting in Jakarta on Monday with his Indonesian counterpart, the two countries said.

Zarif emphasized the importance of finalizing a preferential trade agreement in his talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

He expressed Iran's readiness to continue negotiations, it said in a statement.

“Supporting the international law as well as exchanging views on the latest developments in the Afghanistan peace process were among other issues discussed in the meeting,” it said. The United States has said it will withdraw its last troops from Afghanistan in September.

Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the foreign ministers focused on joint efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and accelerate economic recovery.

During his visit, Zarif also met Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Zarif’s visit to Jakarta came three months after Indonesian authorities seized the Iranian-flagged tanker MT Horse and a Panamanian-flagged tanker, the MT Freya. The ships were suspected of a variety of violations, including illegally transferring fuel at sea, spilling oil, not displaying national flags, covering the names on their hulls, shutting off their identification systems and anchoring illegally.

The two foreign ministries did not indicate whether the ministers discussed the seizure of the tankers..