(IRNA) -European Union High Representative for the common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, stressed Wednesday that Iran's nuclear issue Will be solved through negotiations, reports Trend.
"I'm convinced that the Iranian dossier can only be solved, and will be solved, through negotiations. We have the right framework and the right broad basis for that," Solana told the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Brussels Wednesday afternoon.
"Iran will develop a civilian nuclear program. As many other countries in the world. And Iran will do it better and more efficiently if it is done in cooperation with us. From a political and technological point of view both sides have a lot to win. They, and we, know that,'' he said.
Solana said,"We have negotiated Iran's nuclear dossiers for endless hours."
"It has been my top priority because I'm convinced that this is a crucial subject for international security. My Iranian counterpart has also spared no effort, and I have to say that I have found in Dr Larijani an intelligent partner who deserves all my respect." "We have reached common ground on quite a number of subjects. But we haven't agreed on what is a key point: suspension. So far, up to today, Iran has made no commitment to suspend," said the EU foreign policy chief.
The six countries (5 permanent members of the UNSC + Germany), said Solana have followed a two track approach: dialogue and referring the case to the UN Security Council.
"Dialogue could not last forever. It is up to them to decide whether the time has come to follow the second track. But the door to negotiations is always open," he stated.
Solana remarked that "Iran is an old, wise nation. A key partner in regional and world affairs. The nuclear issue is just one element, even if it is a key one, of a much broader relationship."
We want to cooperate with Iran in other subjects, not least the Middle East, and we should do irrespective of the ups and downs in the nuclear issue."