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Solana: EU satisfied with Iran nuclear performance

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA -- European Union foreign policy chief Javier 
Solana in a meeting with Secretary of the Supreme National Security 
Council Hassan Rowhani here on Monday underlined the importance of his
visit to Iran and said that Iran-EU ties have undergone many ups and 
downs in the past 25 years. 
In the meeting, Rowhani said that Tehran Declaration as a 
turning point in Iran-EU relations can pave the way for both sides to 
strengthen mutual by complying with their commitments. 
"Promotion of regional security and stability, settlement of 
major crises in the region such as that of Iraq, Afghanistan and 
Karabakh, campaign against terrorism and drugs as well as a region 
free from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are among pivotal issues 
high on Iran-EU agenda," he added. 
Turning to the importance of creating balance between the 
bilateral political, economic, technological and scientific 
relations, the official said that mutual confidence will lay a proper 
foundation for comprehensive cooperation. 
Rowhani noted that given that Iran`s nuclear activities are fully 
supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the 
country will denounce any limitation on its peaceful nuclear 
programs. 
He expressed confidence that further IAEA inspections will 
verify once more its earlier reports that Iran has not violated the 
agency laws on peaceful application of nuclear materials. 
Denouncing the logic of unilateralism and resorting to force, 
he said, "Tehran Declaration proved that complicated political 
issues can be settled through dialog," he added. 
Turning to the presence of the terrorist MKO members in Iraq and 
in some European countries, the official reiterated that the US, 
Europe and international bodies should deliver MKO members to Iran in 
accordance with the international laws on anti-terrorism campaign. 
For his part, Solana conveyed EU condolence and sympathies to 
the Iranian government and nation on the recent tragic quake in Bam 
and noted that the global unity and integration in sympathizing with 
the quake victims displayed the world solidarity in humanitarian 
affairs. 
Saying that this is his fourth visit to Iran within the past 2-3 
years, Solana said that given EU`s mutual respect for Iran, it looks 
for further strengthening of bilateral ties. 
"Iran`s nuclear program was settled successfully, despite its 
complicated nature, through joint attempts by Iran and EU to stop 
it from being referred to the UN Security Council," he added. 
Continuous Iran-EU cooperation in nuclear issues eventually 
resulted in successful settlement of the crisis and paved the way 
for expansion of their further collaboration, he said. 
Turning to the prospect of likely wide scope of Iran-EU 
cooperation in political, economic, regional and international 
matters, the officials noted that the mutual pursuance of nuclear 
issues played a decisive role in expanding their close and strategic 
contacts. 
Concerning campaign against terrorism, Solana said, "The EU has 
listed the MKO as a terrorist group and is quite committed towards 
it." 
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