Iran urges EU to play "more active role" in nuclear talks

(Xinhua)    08:14, January 28, 2015

TEHRAN, Jan. 27-- The European Union (EU) can play more active role in the negotiations between Iran and the world powers over Iran's nuclear issue, Press TV reported on Tuesday quoting Iran's foreign minister as saying.

In a meeting with his Portugese counterpart Rui Machete in Tehran on Monday, Mohammad-Javad Zarif hailed what he termed as "positive" the European countries' current approach to oppose the imposition of any new sanctions against Tehran and trying out diplomacy.

Iran and Portugal enjoy capacities for strengthening cooperation in various fields, particularly in the sectors of economy and tourism, Zarif said.

The Portuguese foreign minister stressed Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy and hoped the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, including Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, would yield results as soon as possible.

Iran plays an important role in the Middle East and can help maintain peace and stability in the region, Machete said.

Iran and the six powers agreed in November 2014 to extend, for the third time, the deadline for another seven months aimed to reach a political agreement within the next five months.

Deputy foreign minister from Iran is going to sit down with diplomats from the UK, France and Germany in the Turkish city of Istanbul in the following days to further discuss Iran's nuclear issue.


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