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EU Commissioner Chris Patten to pay visit to Iran

Brussels, Jan 15, IRNA -- EU Commissioner for external relations, Chris Patten, is to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran early February, EU sources told IRNA in Brussels.

The sources declined to give the exact date of Patten's visit but said the Commissioner's program of the visit to Tehran will be announced in due time.

Patten's visit to Tehran comes after the launch of landmark EU-Iran negotiations on a trade and cooperation agreement along with a political dialog in December in Brussels.

The second round of the negotiations is expected to be held in Tehran in February.

Patten, respected internationally for his quite and calm diplomacy, is a staunch supporter of engagement and dialog with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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