(www.irna.ir) вЂ" EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected to brief the European Union Foreign Ministers' Council on Monday on his meeting in Munich Sunday with Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.
The Council, which is holding its regular meeting in Brussels, is to discuss the 27-member bloc's relations with the Islamic Republic.
The European Union appears to be giving a cold shoulder to US calls to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic beyond what is contained in the UN Security Council resolution passed in December, reports Trend.
"A joint EU position is to implement the UN resolution, although a few EU states wanted to go beyond," said EU diplomatic sources in Brussels Friday.
EU experts are to meet in the next few days to discuss technical implementation of the UN resolution on Iran at the EU level, said the sources speaking on condition of anonymity.
UN Security Council Resolution 1737 targets only parts of the Iranian nuclear program, but the US is reportedly putting pressure on the EU to impose additional financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The ministers are expected to reiterate their call on Tehran to accept the proposals presented by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on June 6, 2006 which would open the way for a new
relationship with the Islamic Republic based on mutual respect and expanded cooperation.
Solana is scheduled to meet IAEA Director-General Dr Mohammad ElBaradei, who is visiting the Belgian capital Monday.
Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan and the western Balkans are also on the agenda of the 2-day Council meeting.
The EU ministers are expected to agree on sending a police mission to Afghanistan to train the Afghan police and welcome the Mecca agreement between Fatah and Hamas.
On Tuesday, the EU-Kazakhstan and EU-Kyrgyzstan Cooperation Councils are to meet.