Iran, EU ready to promote bilateral cooperation

Iran and the European Union have underscored their determination to promote their bilateral relations in various areas, particularly economy, as well as cooperation on other issues of international importance.

In a joint presser with the visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Mogherini’s trip to Tehran could be a “new beginning” in ties between Tehran and the 28-nation bloc.

Zarif added that economic and financial cooperation as well as the opening of a permanent EU office in Tehran is on the agenda of talks, adding that four statements are to be issued at the end of the discussions.

The two sides will also exchange views on regional crises such as the violence in Syria and the flow of refugees into Europe.

The top EU diplomat, in turn, said her visit to Tehran is focused on a broad spectrum of topics from the expansion of bilateral ties to regional issues.

She further hailed the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 states – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and German, last July, adding that the agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) proved “diplomacy works.”

“Iran has delivered on its side of the deal and so has the EU by lifting the sanctions,” the EU official said.

The EU official further said the 28-nation bloc will support the Iranian bid to join the World Trade Organization.

Mogherini has traveled to the Iranian capital on a one-day visit at the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation comprising seven European commissioners.

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