Iran, EU to start fresh round of “high-level” talks

Politics Materials 7 February 2016 17:30 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7

By Fatih Karimov- Trend:

The fresh round of high-level talks between Iran and the EU will be held in Tehran on Feb. 8, Iran's deputy foreign minister, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said.

The talks will be held with the presence of a European expert delegation led by the EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid, Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Takht-Ravanchi as saying Jan. Feb. 7.

Takht-Ravanchi, who will lead Iran's delegation in the talks, further said that the two-day meeting will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers.

The talks are planed to be held every six months in Tehran and Brussels, he said, adding the negotiations will cover various fields in Iran-EU relations, including energy, trade, banking and financial cooperation, environment and fighting drug smuggling.

The regional developments such as terrorism and extremism which affect the whole region as well as the EU also will be discussed in the mutual talks, the top Iranian diplomat said.

The talks come after implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers, which led to removal of international sanctions on Iran.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (the US, France, the UK, China, Russia and Germany) in July 2015 agreed on a landmark nuclear deal to curb Tehran's sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The implementation of the deal started on Jan. 16, 2016.

Takht-Ravanchi further said that after the conclusion of upcoming meeting a number of European commissioners will visit Tehran.

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also is planed to pay a visit to Iran, he added.

The exact date for the Mogherini's visit is not clear yet, the Iranian diplomat said, adding it will take place in the near future.

Mogherini earlier paid a one-day visit to Tehran on July 28, 2015 following the historic nuclear deal. During the visit, Iran and the EU agreed to start talks on how to confront regional crises, such as terrorism.