Mogherini: EU wants Iranians see benefits of nuclear deal
Tehran, Iran, Apr. 16
By Farhad Daneshvar and Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini says the EU and Tehran have agreed to expand bilateral ties in various areas, including energy and education in the post-sanctions era.
"Today, my message to Iran and to Iranian people would like to be that diplomacy is worthy. We want as Europeans Iranian people to have and to see the benefits of this agreement [the nuclear deal] turning into changes in their everyday life. We are on the same side on this," said Mogherini, reports Trend's correspondent from the event venue.
"Here I do not speak on my personal capacity. I am sure I speak on the behalf of my colleagues in the commission, but I dare to say I speak on the behalf of 500 million Europeans that are supporting the new era in our relations," she added.
"We come here today to resume constructive dialogue with Iran on many different fields," noted Mogherini.
She added that the ongoing dialogues are aimed at concrete results.
"Iran and EU have very long history of relations and despite the difficulties the nations had, they never experienced the challenge of being alien to each other," said Mogherini.
She also described the ongoing talks as "the dialogue of four Cs", which stands for "comprehensive, cooperative, critical (if needed), constructive (always)".
Mogherini also touched upon the Syrian issue and called for supporting the ongoing intra-Syria talks in Geneva.
"We believe Iran and Europe can do a lot to facilitate the political process," she added.
Speaking about cooperation in the field of education, she said the sides agreed on exchanging students and researchers, as well as cooperation between universities.
European programs on education and science are open to Iranian researchers, students and professors, added Mogherini.
She also said the Iranian and European negotiators have decided to launch cooperation in environmental issues, including the issues of water shortage, air pollution, as well as waste management.