Brussels, April 20, IRNA -- The entry of ten new states to the EU on
May the first will have a positive effect on the EU-Iran relations,
according to Iran's ambassador to Brussels, Abolghasem Delfi.
"We have very good relations with the ten countries that will join
the EU and we think that their membership would lead to wider
cooperation between us and the EU," Delfi told IRNA in an interview.
He underlined that the biggest enlargement in the history of the
EU will enhance and boost the role of the European bloc on regional
and international levels.
Iranian defense minister Ali Shamkhani last week paid a 3-day
official visit to Poland which is the largest of the ten countries
that are to join the EU on 1 May.
Delfi noted that relations between the EU and the Islamic Republic
of Iran with regard to their special geographical situation are of
Iran's role in maintaining security and stability in the Persian
Gulf region and in the Middle East are factors which the EU considers
as of great significance.
"Hence the EU gives top priority to its relations with the Islamic
Republic. On the other hand, EU's economic and political weight and
its role in international developments are factors to which the
Islamic Republic attaches great attention," said Delfi.
Iran's top diplomat to the EU said that June is a month of
significant developments when three major meetings will be held, the
EU-US summit, the NATO summit and the G-8 summit.
He said the three gatherings of western leaders will focus on
developments in Iraq and the Middle East .
Referring to the situation in Iraq, Delfi said stability and peace
in the neighbouring country is of vital importance for Iran.
"Iran supports all regional and international efforts to restore
security and stability in Iraq," he told IRNA.
Delfi noted that the EU member states were divided over Iraq and
hence "we have not seen any effective EU role there as yet."
Delfi said some EU foreign ministers, including Belgium's Louis
Michel, have called for a more influential role of the EU in Iraq and
in the Middle East.
"Iran would welcome a more active and effective EU role in Iraq,"
On Afghanistan, the Iranian ambassador regretted that promises
made by the international community for the reconstruction of
Afghanistan have not been fulfilled with the result that drug
cultivation has increased a lot in recent years.
Iran is in constant cooperation with the European Commission and
EU member states to combat drug trafficking from Afghanistan, he said.
Commenting on the fact that the EU this year did not table a
resolution on human rights in Iran in the UN Human Rights Commission,
Delfi said the EU and Iran have launched a dialogue on human rights.
Three rounds of this dialogue have already taken place and the
fourth round is under preparation.
"Dialogue is the best way to resolve any differences, particularly
in human rights issues on which there are divergence of views and
opinion," he said.
The EU has realized that continuing dialogue is better than
tabling resolutions, commented Delfi.
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