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Austrian representative to IAEA says awaiting resumption of Iran-EU negotiations

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 27, IRNA

Austrian Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said here Monday that Vienna is awaiting a new round of talks between Iran and EU to resume shortly.

Thomas Stelzer told IRNA that as a neutral state Austria believes that Tehran's nuclear dossier should be resolved within the framework of IAEA and the only way to resolve the issue is to resume talks between Iran and EU.

"The two sides should opt for increase in exchanges, intense negotiations and other steps for confidence building."
He also hoped that Iran would not retaliate by curbing its trade ties with the EU.

Iran-EU trade stands at dlrs 20 billion, including dlrs 12 billion of EU exports to Iran.

The nuclear issue should not affect the mutual economic and trade relations, he underlined.

"I do not think that the referral of Iran's dossier to the UN Security Council is the right step, the problems should be rectified within the IAEA and through Iran-EU talks."
The outcome of the talks for both sides should be attractive, interesting as well as practical, he added.

He reiterated the importance of negotiations and confidence building as the best way forward.

"To jump start the talks, there should a step back," the Austrian official added.

The Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has called on the government to present a report to Majlis on the volume of Iran's trade exchanges with the three European states which got a resolution against Iran passed by IAEA board of governors Saturday night.

"If such a report is presented to Majlis, an appropriate decision will be made on continuation of economic cooperation with the three European states (Germany, France and Britain) based on the stance of the EU3 and other countries which voted in favor of the resolution," the head of the commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, told reporters on Monday.


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