As part of his official visit to Sweden, SIPRI hosted His Excellency Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, for a public seminar.
The event began with a presentation delivered by Dr Zarif, entitled ‘International Law and Unilateralism’. The presentation was followed by an engaging discussion, navigated by a series of open questions from members of the audience and media representatives. Questions covered an array of topics from arms control treaties, nuclear diplomacy, unilateralism and human rights issues. Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board, presided over the discussion.
The minister’s visit was covered in both Swedish and international media. Articles were featured by Reuters, The New York Times, Radio Free Europe and Al Jazeera, among others.
The event was live-streamed and is available to view on SIPRI's YouTube channel.
After the event, SIPRI interviewed Dr Zarif for the SIPRI Spotlight film series and asked him about the key security challenges facing the world. Watch the film here on SIPRI's YouTube channel, or below.