Europe Ties Could Improve After Sanctions Wane

Europe Ties Could Improve After Sanctions WaneEurope Ties Could Improve After Sanctions Wane

The removal of “cruel” sanctions on Iran could prepare the ground for expansion of relations between Iran and European countries, especially Hungary, a senior Foreign Ministry official said referring to the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers reached on July 14.

“Iran and Hungary share cultural similarities which can help improvement of wide-ranging relations between the two countries,” Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi said in a meeting with Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen in Budapest on Thursday, ISNA reported.  

He expressed hope that the two sides’ determination would pave the way for strengthening bilateral ties. He described the nuclear deal as a win-win agreement. “On occasion, we were faced with the other side’s unreasonable demands, but finally a historic agreement was concluded.”

Takht-Ravanchi pointed to the existing barriers in the way of implementing the terms of the agreement. “Opposition to the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) comes from warmongering countries that prefer chaos over peace and spread propaganda.”  

He stressed that Iran has always followed a clear and transparent policy on the nuclear issue. Iran says its nuclear work is totally for peaceful applications, denying any covert efforts to develop nuclear weapons.  

During the meeting, Takht-Ravanchi submitted Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri’s invitation for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Mihaly Orban for an official visit. The Hungarian official highlighted the need for developing ties. “We should put all our efforts into opening a new chapter in relations between Iran and Hungary.”   

Semjen stressed the significance of Orban’s trip to Iran, saying, “We look forward to developing joint cooperation in various areas such as culture, politics, economy and tourism as well as concluding a double taxation avoidance agreement with Iran.”