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EU Parliament seeks Iran Majlis ties

Posted by seumasach on February 23, 2011


23rd February, 2011

Chair of the European Parliament’s Iran delegation Barbara Lochbihler has called for the expansion of ties with Iran and cooperation with Iran’s Parliament (Majlis).

In a meeting with the Spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran’s Parliament (Majlis), Kazem Jalali, the European Parliament official called for the expansion of economic ties with the Islamic Republic as a “stable country in the region,” IRNA reported on Tuesday. 

Jalali, who is in Germany on a three-day visit, briefed the European officials on Iran’s stance toward the recent revolutions in North African and Arab countries. 

Jalali also recommended that Iran’s Parliament and the European Parliament exchange views on important issues such as the latest developments in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa, as well as on counter-narcotic strategies, energy security, terrorism, and regional security. 

Lochbihler, who is also the representative of Germany’s Green Party in the European Parliament, welcomed the proposal. 

On Saturday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in the Iranian capital city, Tehran, stressing the importance of promoting dialogue and cooperation with the Islamic Republic. 

The German minister also expressed his country’s willingness to hold talks with Iran in the future, saying Berlin seeks ways to expand relations with Tehran on international issues. 

Salehi and Westerwelle stressed the necessity to enhance mutual relations and said Iran and Germany are two influential countries in the Middle East and Europe. 

Earlier, Iran’s Revolution Court converted the initial 20-month prison sentence of Marcus Hellwig and Jens Koch, two German nationals detained in the Iranian city of Tabriz in October 2010, to fines of USD 50,000 each.

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