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EU Presidency welcomes positive outcome of mission to Tehran


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, current President of the European Union, described Iran as an "important partner" and welcomed the positive results of the EU mission to Tehran, IRNA reported from Brussels.

Addressing the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, he said : "The Italian Presidency maintained constant contact with France, Germany and the United Kingdom with regard to the mission of their Foreign Ministers to Teheran yesterday, 21 October."

"The Presidency has closely followed the initiative since its conception in July, considering it part of the broad action of the European Union toward Iran."

"We therefore welcome the positive outcome of that mission. This development - if confirmed - will help create the conditions, on which the Brussels European Council agreed, necessary to foster cooperation with an important partner for the stability of the region."

Berlusconi recalled that the EU summit in Brussels last week had called on Iran to "sign, ratify and implement promptly " the additional protocol to the NPT.

"At the same time, the European Union reiterated its willingness to explore ways to pursue wider cooperation with Iran," he said.

The Italian Prime Minister was addressing the EP on the results of the EU summit held in Brussels on 16-17 October.

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