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Iran, EU to sign agreement for improved economic, political ties

Iran and the European Union are to sign agreements for improving economic, political and parliamentary relations, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Iran and the European Union in the fourth round of their talks on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) along with political negotiations, scheduled for June 1-3, reiterated their commitment to continue the process of dialogue and engagement for the purpose.

The 20-man EU delegation said the EU and all the member states take Iran as an key player on the regional and international levels and attach great significance to promoting two-way ties.

The two sides agreed to hold the next round of political and economic talks in the second half of 2003 as Italy assumes chairmanship of the Union.

Ebrahim Rahimpour, director general of West Europe Affairs Department at Foreign Ministry, headed the Iranian delegation at the meeting.

During the third round of negotiations held in Brussels in April, the EU gave a lot of background material to Iran on the issues under discussion.

The TCA negotiations are being conducted by the Commission, the executive body of the EU. The political negotiations are led by the member state that holds the EU Presidency, currently Greece.

Iran and the EU launched landmark talks on a TCA in December last year to put their bilateral relations on a solid basis.

In parallel they also began political negotiations that deals with issues like fight against terrorism and drugs trafficking, weapons of mass destruction and human rights.

Moreover, EU and Iran also launched last December a dialogue on human rights with the participation of government officials, NGOs, academics and human rights groups.

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