IRI Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Ramin Mehmanparast said Wednesday Slovenian and Austrian officials were invited to visit Iran and the European countries' officials welcomed Islamic Republic's invitations.
According to IRNA, Mehmanparast who was speaking with the press on the sidelines of the D-8 ministerial meeting here added, "We hope with the continuation of visits and the comprehension of realities, while the rights of our nation would be respected, the political pressure over these relations would be lifted and we would be witnesses to the ever increasing flourishing of ever more cooperation between Iran and the member states of the European Union."
The Islamic Republic of Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman pointed out that Iran's relations with European countries have always be cordial and satisfactory for both sides, adding, "The existing potentials at both ends call for consultations in pursuit of new fields for greater cooperation."
Mehmanparast added, "These potentials meanwhile call for joint problem solving at the regional and international scenes, particularly at the economic field, to save the interests of the nations."
He meanwhile reiterated, "Unfortunately, during the course of the recent years some cooperation between the EU member countries and Iran had been affected by the pressure imposed by the United States and some close US allies, as well as the effects of the UN resolutions, on baseless accusations against Iran's peaceful nuclear program."
Mehmanparast reiterated, "The United States and its allies have been trying to impose limitations on Iran's relations with other countries resorting to political pressure, and even to impose unilateral limitations, but the potentials of countries must be taken advantage of rationally, and wisely."
He reiterated, "On ambiguities expressed about the activities of the countries, we need to speak clearly and transparently, and to hold consultations, so that in the long run we would end up in harmony, joint thinking, and establishment of shared viewpoints aimed at untying the existing knots in Iran's relations with the EU member countries."
The Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterated, "During the Minister of Foreign Affairs' visits of Slovenia and Austria we were witnesses to the influence of face to face consultations with the government officials and the parliament members over various issues, and that they, too, were pleased with such negotiations."
Mehmanparast pointed out that such bilateral consultations needed to be pursued, expressing hope that similar talks would also be held with the other EU countries.
He reiterated that cooperation with the other European countries, too, is in the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran foreign policy.