Mogherini: EU determined to be again Iran’s main trade partner

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini says the European Union wants to become again the main trade partner of Iran.

“We used to be Iran’s main trade partner and we are determined to take up that position again,” Mogherini said addressing a joint press-conference with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran Apr. 16.

She touched upon the energy issue and said the “Iranian oil and gas will be an important part of European energy mix and will improve our energy security in Europe”.

According to Mogherini, the EU will provide Iran with technical assistance to increase its production capacity and energy efficiency.

Speaking about the issues agreed upon or being discussed during the ongoing talks she said the EU will give its support for Iran to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

She added that the sides had agreed to exchange business delegations and to cooperate on financial issues, on tourism, textiles and agriculture.

Mogherini arrived in Tehran, Iran, Apr. 16 on a one-day visit heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation comprised of seven European commissioners.

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