|‘Reviving constructive relations with Iran matters greatly to EU’||
TEHRAN – A senior member of the European Parliament has said that reviving the past constructive relations with Iran is of great importance for the European Union.
Hannes Swoboda, who is leading a parliamentarian delegation to Tehran, made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday.
Swoboda described Iran as a major and influential country in the region and expressed hope that the Islamic Republic would become a key partner for the West, particularly in combating terrorism and illegal drugs as well as promoting economic ties.
He added that Iran and Europe have many issues in common and that the two sides can establish long-lasting relations.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the European parliamentarian said that Iran is a key player in resolving the Syrian crisis and must actively participate in the Geneva peace talks, slated for November 23.
Swoboda also said that the European Parliament, like Iran, is strongly opposed to any foreign and military interference in Syria and believes that the only way out of the Syrian crisis is through taking political measures and the participation of all the Syrian people.
Larijani, for his part, said that Europe has been an old economic partner of Iran and the mutual economic relations have served the interests of both European and Iranian people.
The Iranian MP also said that the Islamic Republic has been properly cooperating with the West to tackle issues such as terrorism and narcotics and address the nuclear issue.
On the nuclear issue, which is a bone of contention between Iran and the West, Larijani said that the Majlis supports the ongoing nuclear talks between Tehran and the major powers and expressed hope that the negotiations would lead to tangible results.
Iran and the six major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as the 5+1 group) held “substantive” talks over Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva on October 15 and 16 and agreed to hold further talks in Geneva on November 7 and 8.
The European delegation that arrived in Tehran on Sunday is scheduled to hold various meetings with Iranian senior officials.
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