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Iran's foreign minister to visit Qatar and Kuwait

Iran's top diplomat to head to the Gulf amid concerns in the region over the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's negotiation team arrive in Tehran on 15 July 2015 (AA)

After the landmark nuclear deal signed by Tehran and world powers, Iran's top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq this weekend, the ISNA press agency said on Friday.

The accord, struck on 14 July, which imposes certain controls on Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of crippling economic sanctions, is expected to form the basis of discussions during Zarif's trip.

Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, have been quick to voice concern over the agreement which will see a progressive easing of international sanctions on Iran in place since 2006.

They fear the deal could bolster their Shia-dominated adversary, which stands accused of interfering in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Zarif is expected to visit the holy Shia town of Najaf in Iraq on Sunday before heading to Baghdad, according to ISNA.

The Iranian foreign minister will return to Tehran next week where he is scheduled to host talks with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini before meeting his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.