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EU, Iran wrap up second round of political dialogue

European Union and Iranian officials Thursday evening in Brussels wrapped up the second round of a political dialogue with a commitment to deepen cooperation on the bilateral, regional and international level, IRNA reported.

"We could not have had a better climate and more fruitful talks than what we had this time," Iranian diplomatic sources told IRNA Friday.

The two sides expressed satisfaction over the progress of economic, political and cultural negotiations between Tehran and Brussels, said the sources.

Ways to promote regional and international cooperation between the 15-member European bloc and the Islamic Republic and strengthening ties between the European Parliament and Iran's Majlis were discussed during the meeting.

The two sides exchanged views on the situation in Iraq. The Iranian side stressed on the integrity of Iraq, non-interference of other countries in the administration of that country and that Iraq's future must be determined by Iraqis alone and under UN supervision.

The two sides agreed to hold the third round of the political dialogue in Tehran under the current Greek EU Presidency.

Ibrahim Rahimpour, director general of West European desk in the Iranian foreign ministry, led the Iranian delegation, while the political director in the Greek foreign ministry, Ilias Klis, headed the EU side.

The first round of the political dialogue was held in Tehran in December.

Meanwhile, the third session of negotiations on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Iran ended in Brussels Wednesday evening with both sides expressing satisfaction at the outcome of the 2-day talks.

Issues covered included cooperation against drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal migration, science and technology and cultural cooperation between the 15-member European bloc and the Islamic Republic.

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