TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s deputy foreign minister says he believes European Union nations soon will announce they’ve created a program for Iran to continue trade there and avoid re-imposed U.S. sanctions.Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state television by telephone on Thursday that he expected the program, known as the “special purpose vehicle,” to be ready for business in one or two months.EU foreign ministers are meeting Thursday in Bucharest, Romania.Iran’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hamid Baeidinejad, similarly tweeted he believed the announcement of the program was imminent.EU officials have not formally acknowledged the start of the program, though German media reports suggest that France, Germany and the U.K. have finalized creating it. The reports say the program will be based in France and will have a German director.The Associated Press
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 31 May – 2 June 2016, the Foreign Ministry said today.The State Secretary will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 31 May where discussions are expected to take place on follow-up to the visit in January this year of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. He had served as Ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2010. (Colombo Gazette) He will visit Jaffna on 1st June where he will meet the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray and Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran. State Secretary Hattrem will also meet the Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan, Minister for development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, Minister for Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Rauff Hakeem, and the Secretary General of the Secretariat for Reconciliation Mechanisms Mano Tittawella.