Munich Security Conference Convenes Core Group Meeting in Tehran

On October 17, 2015, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will gather in Tehran for the first time as part of its MSC Core Group Meeting series. Co-hosted with the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) and held in cooperation with the governments of Germany and Iran, the Core Group Meeting will focus on the war in Syria as well as Tehran's global and regional role after the Vienna agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Tehran, venue of the Core Group Meeting on October 17 (Photo: Fotolia / Kuhlmann).

Chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, and the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif, an exclusive group of around 60 participants will meet in Tehran to exchange views in an informal setting.


Besides German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Iranian counterpart, participants also include the Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Idris Barzani, the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid, the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly Élisabeth Guigou and the Chairman of the German Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee Norbert Röttgen, as well as governmental representatives from various Arab states, numerous parliamentarians from European countries and NGO representatives.


The Core Group Meeting will focus on the implementation of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, Iran's regional role, the security architecture in the Middle East as well as the economic and energy policy implications of the Vienna agreement.


On the Core Group Meeting's occasion, MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger said: "The Vienna agreement focused solely on the question of the Iranian nuclear program. It does not solve all our problems, and important implementation steps remain. But in light of the recent agreement on the nuclear dispute, now is precisely the time to find out whether and how Iran and the West can cooperate more closely on other issues as well. We need to discuss possible joint approaches to dealing with the various regional crises, particularly in Syria, with Iranian decision-makers as well."


About the MSC

Since its foundation five decades ago, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a leading international platform for dialogue on foreign and security policy. In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions and publishes the Munich Security Report.


About the MSC Core Group Meetings

Since 2009, the MSC has linked up with local partners to host so-called Core Group Meetings in capitals around the world. Limited to an exclusive group of no more than 60 participants, the MSC Core Group Meeting provides an intimate setting for high-level decision-makers from around the globe to discuss current security challenges in their host region's context. Meetings have already taken place in Washington, D.C. (2009 & 2013), Moscow (2010), Beijing (2011), Doha (2013), New Delhi (2014), and Vienna (2015). Further Core Group Meetings are planned for Addis Ababa (April 2016), Beijing, and Washington, D.C.

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14 October 2015, by MSC