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Iranian FM hold talks with EU's Solana in Cairo

Tehran, July 21, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi in a meeting with EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana in Cairo discussed matters of mutual concern.

According to a report released by the Foreign Ministry's Media Department on Wednesday, in the meeting Solana referred to the significance of Iran-EU ties and said that European countries are interested in expanding politico-economic relations with Iran.

He added that they consider Iran as a major trade partner.

Appreciating Iran's role in Iraq and the region, Solana called for further expansion for cooperation in this respect.

For his part, Kharrazi referred to Iran-EU talks and their wide range of cooperation including those in the campaign against terrorism and drugs and said, "If Europe fulfills its bilateral and international commitments, the negotiations can be expected to lead to a positive outcome."

Briefing Solana on Iran's views on various regional developments, he said that many of the Middle East problems are rooted in Palestinian crisis.

"The Israeli regime is responsible for regional terrorism and insecurity. The recent vote of the United Nations General Assembly against the Zionist regime is a clear indication of the opposition of the world community to Israel."

Kharrazi and Solana underlined that holding elections in Iraq on schedule will help promote stability and security in that country.

Solana arrived in the Egyptian capital of Cairo late Tuesday night.

During his stay in Cairo, Solana is also scheduled to meet Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

He is expected to attend a luncheon along with the foreign ministers of Iraq's neighboring countries of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey as well as Egypt.

The foreign ministers of the countries neighboring Iraq are due to attend a meeting in Cairo to discuss the Iraqi crisis.

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