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EU says dialogue with Iran to continue

The EU Tuesday underlined that the US threats against Syria and Iran will have no affect on Brussels' ties with the two Middle Eastern countries, IRNA reported from Brussels.

"Our relationship with those two countries remains unaffected. We are in a situation where in each case our relationship allows dialogue including on the question of non-proliferation and there is no reason at this moment to change the terms of our relationship with Iran and Syria," European Commission spokeswoman for external relations, Emma Udwin, told a press briefing in Brussels this noon.

In reply to IRNA's question on the EU reaction to recent threatening remarks made by US officials against both Syria and Iran, she replied: "We have said the we want this conflict to be as short as possible. Before the conflict broke out we said a great deal about the need to maintain regional stability.

"One needs to do everything possible to reduce the emergence of new tensions or escalating of existing tensions," she added.

Last December, the EU began negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran on a trade and cooperation agreement along with a political dialogue.

Two rounds of the talks have been held till now, one in Brussels and one in Tehran.

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