|Portugal keen to expand ties with Iran||
TEHRAN – Lisbon is keen to expand political, cultural and economic ties with Iran, Portuguese Foreign Ministry director for Foreign Policy Rui Macieira said on Wednesday.
In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Ministry director for Western European affairs Abolghasem Delfi in Tehran, Maciera said Portugal has no problem to expand relations with Iran.
For his part, Delfi said that Tehran is determined to enhance ties with Portugal and described the political dialogue between Iran and Portugal as positive.
Macieira also said Portugal would support nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).
Iran and the six major powers are leading negotiations to build on an interim deal struck in November, under which Tehran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20.
Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions.
Extremists from Europe have poured into Syria
In a separate meeting on Wednesday, Macieira and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Arab affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian discussed the latest developments in Africa and the Middle East, specifically Syria.
Abdollahian said extremist elements from Europe have poured into Syria and this has put the security situation in the country in danger.
Macieira said that the Syrian conflict can be settled through a political solution.
Rui Macieira arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for a two-day official visit at the invitation of Delfi.
During his visit, he also met with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi and Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi.
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