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Salehi: Europe should adopt more rationality in dealing with Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Nicosia, June 26, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday advised Europe to adopt more rationality in dealing with Iran as the country has deep experience to thwart a variety of hostile confrontation.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Cypriot president and commerce minister on the status of sanctions unleashed against Iran, he said “We got used to sanctions as they are not new to us but we hope the European Union will review its unilateral sanctions with more rationality.”

Confrontation will be to no one's benefit and there is no reason to take the wrong path, he said.

Mutual understanding is the best option and countries can live in peace while having their own differences, he said.

On relations between Iran and Europe, Salehi said the two sides can expand cooperation.

Since Cyprus will úndertake the rotating presidency of European Union from July 1, it is expected that Cyprus will encourage European Union to have close and comprehensive cooperation with Iran through constructive talks, Salehi said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to remove misunderstandings with the European Union; he said adding Iran is a very important country in the region which plays key roles in regional developments.

Cyprus has special status in the Middle East region and good ties with Iran, he said adding that the country tries to take more concrete steps to make Iran and European Union much closer during EU chairmanship.

“Nuclear negotiations between Iran and G5+1 are on its right track and I see the end of such path very promising,” he said.

Iran is a good trade partner for Europe and many European countries are satisfied with such relations, he said.

Stands and concerns of Cypriot president on administration of justice are very close to the views of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Salehi said.

On EU economic problems, he said European people have to burden the heavy dilemma and not their governments.

During talks with senior Cypriot officials, they called for expansion of economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries.

They also reviewed issues such as drug trafficking, sea pirates and current developments in Syria and Afghanistan.

Iran and European Union should cooperate to establish peace and security in the Middle East region, he said.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1021726

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