Larijani leaves Brussels for Spain after meeting Solana

Iran Materials 7 July 2006 12:24 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Ali Larijani, Secretary-General of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, left Brussels for Spain after a short, informal meeting over dinner with Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Thursday night.

The two men had a tete-a-tete dinner meeting to talk about Iran's nuclear program, reports Trend.

Earlier, in brief statements to reporters, Larijani said Iran was serious in the negotiations with the European Union.

"I would like to thank Mr Solana for inviting us tonight for a dinner. We are supposed to meet next Tuesday to continue our talks regarding the nuclear program," said Larijani speaking in Persian and translated into English by an interpreter.

"We are serious about continuing negotiations. And we are going to start next Tuesday our talks. And today, as a respect for Mr Solana, I accepted to be here, for tonight, in a dinner, in order to have some talks," he added.

On his part, Solana said, "Let me just say a word of welcome to Dr. Larijani, Secretary-General of the National Security Council of Iran. We are going to have a meeting today. We are going to continue on Tuesday, and I'm looking forward to getting this process going, that we think is going to be beneficial for both sides, for the European Union and many countries of the world and for Iran.

"We are going to work. We are not going to talk much (to the press). We are going to work," added Solana.

It was the first meeting between the two diplomats after Solana presented the new EU package to Iran on 6 June during a visit to Tehran.