Europe Has Special Place in Foreign Policy

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A deputy foreign minister said Iran attaches great importance to its business relations with Europe.

“Interaction with European countries as trade partners is important to us,” Majid Takht-Ravanchi said in an interview with IRNA on Tuesday.

“We are keen to cooperate with other countries, including the Europeans, within the framework of foreign economic policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

He said the removal of sanctions after the required measures outlined in the nuclear deal have been completed augurs well for economic cooperation with other countries.   

Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) reached the accord following about 20 months of marathon talks in Vienna on July 14 to settle a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.  

The deal will grant Iran sanctions relief in exchange for it agreeing to temporary constraints on its nuclear program.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who were among those representing parties to negotiations, were due to visit Tehran on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Talks with the European officials will cover business and political issues as well as ways to help fight terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking, Takht-Ravanchi said.

“We want our relations with other countries to be based on mutual respect, and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs,” the nuclear negotiator stressed.

High-level Italian officials and Austrian President Heinz Fischer are also scheduled to travel to Iran in the near future.