EU seeks neighbors, friends of Iran to help encourage it to resume talks

Iran Materials 17 February 2007 11:30 (UTC +04:00)

(www.irna.ir) вЂ" Making it clear that doors are still open for talks with Iran on its nuclear program, the European Union (EU) Friday asked the Persian country's neighbors and countries having good relations with it to persuade it to resume negotiations.

Visiting EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner said here that Europe had adopted a two-tack approach to deal with the Iran issue.

Implementation of the UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran has started but at the same time we say "doors are still open for talks," she told a select grouop of journalists here, reports Trend.

But, of course, for that we need some preliminary steps to be taken, she said, adding that the IAEA can play an important role as to what can be done.

Ferrero-Waldner said Iran's neighbors and all those countries enjoying good relations with Tehran should encourage it to come back to the negotiating table.

Her comments assume significance as they come just ahead of an expected report by the IAEA on Iran's nuclear program, PTI said.