EU Invites Iran to Confab on Afghanistan

EU Invites Iran to Confab on AfghanistanEU Invites Iran to Confab on Afghanistan

A senior EU diplomat asked Iran on Tuesday to attend an international conference on Afghanistan later this year, in view of Tehran's influential role in the region.

European Union's Deputy Secretary-General for the External Action Service Helga Maria Schmid called on Iran to consider participating in the Brussels conference on Afghanistan.

She made the statements at a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour in Tehran, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The visiting EU diplomat hoped that Iran's influential participation would help the successful holding of the conference in the Belgian capital, considering the significance of Iran's role in the regional developments.

The EU is going to host the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on October 4-5, 2016.

Schmid also voiced the EU's readiness to promote cooperation with Iran to contribute to peace and stability in the region.

Rahimpour welcomed closer ties with the European Union in the fight against terrorism and extremism in the region.

He urged European states to boost economic support for Afghanistan in the current delicate situation.

In a separate meeting during her stay in Tehran, Schmid met with deputy foreign ministers and senior members of Iran's team of negotiators in the nuclear talks with world powers, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi, on Monday.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Takht-Ravanchi said they had talked about the process of implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the July 14 nuclear deal between Tehran and P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Back in July 2015, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini paid a visit to Tehran days after Iran and the six major powers managed to finalize the text of the JCPOA.

Mogherini had announced that implementation of the JCPOA would have far-reaching effects on Iran, its ties with Europe and the international community and also on the Middle East.

The nuclear deal resulted in routine high-level talks between Iran and the EU.