No Immediate Prospect for EU Office in Iran

No Immediate Prospect for EU Office in IranNo Immediate Prospect for EU Office in Iran

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi played down expectations for the establishment of a European Union office in Tehran any time soon.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Qasemi suggested that it is unlikely for the European Union's office to open in Iran in the near future, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"The issue of an EU office has been mooted by Europeans since a year ago and we are now studying it. We have no definite time for opening the office," he said.

Qasemi also said a new round of negotiations between Iran and the EU will be held in Brussels on Wednesday at the level of deputy ministers.

The spokesman also announced that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to travel to Lebanon later in the day for political talks following the election of a new Lebanese president.

Qasemi said the top Iranian diplomat will begin a three-nation tour of Eastern Europe after the trip to Lebanon.

According to Qasemi, Zarif will meet Lebanese President Michel Aoun and representatives of various political parties to discuss issues of mutual interest and the latest regional developments, including the crisis in Syria.

Lebanon's parliament elected Aoun as president last week.

Qasemi also said Zarif will later begin a tour of Eastern Europe that would take him to Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

"Iran and the Czech Republic are going to upgrade diplomatic ties to the ambassador level," he said.


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