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IMF deputy director to meet high ranking Iranian officials

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IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton

The International Monetary Fund’s second in command is to meet with the Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Valiollah Seif, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh, and other senior officials.

The IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton, who arrived in Tehran on Sunday, is also set to meet private sector representatives, bankers, academics and students during his two-day visit.

Lipton is also scheduled to give a speech for a gathering of economists at the Central Bank of Iran on Tuesday.    

“His discussions will focus on the IMF’s continuing dialogue with Iran, and Iran’s economic developments and policy initiatives, following the recent lifting of sanctions,” said a statement released by the US-based fund.

(L-R) China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry pose for a picture during the final press conference of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna on July 14, 2015. (AFP)

In accordance to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US would be lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks.

In relation to Lipton’s trip, an IMF spokesman noted that the organization is currently not engaged in any economic program in Iran apart from statistical and technical assistance.  

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