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No reason to be pessimistic about talks with 5+1: Larijani
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_PIC.jpgTEHRAN – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said that there is no reason that Tehran not be optimistic about the planned negations with the major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) which will start in Geneva next week.
“Our understanding is that we can achieve a precise solution and I think that there is no reason that we be pessimistic about this round of negotiations,” Larijani said on Thursday night at a dinner arranged in his honor at the Iranian embassy in Zagreb, Croatia.
He added, “We are serious in these negotiations and expect the other side also be serious and fully understand the realities.”
Iran has positive view of Croatia
The top lawmaker went on to say that Iran has positive view toward the European Union in general and Croatia in particular.
“In the light of the fact that two countries (Iran and Croatia) share common interests we hope to develop relations,” Larijani noted.
‘No need for friction between Iran, EU’
Elsewhere in his talks, Larijani said there is no reason that the current friction exist between Iran and the EU. 
He called the EU a trade partner of Iran. However, he said, “Currently, the European Union is not Iran’s trade partner. Iran is a great country with (more than) 70 million population and good facilities, (and) therefore we can fulfill all the potentials to the benefit of the two sides through a join cooperation.”
He also expressed hope that Croatia would play the role of “catalyzer” in relations between Iran and the EU “because it has a more precise view of the East and is also a member of the European Union.” 
He added that many of the problems in the Middle Eastern region should be resolved through joint efforts by Iran and other countries.

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