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EU leaders call for closer ties with Iran

Brussels, June 18, IRNA -- Leaders of the 25-member EU called Friday for closer relations between Iran and the European bloc.

In its final conclusion on Iran the EU summit stressed "the Union's desire to move towards a closer relationship with Iran, on the basis of action by Iran to address the EU's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear programme, the fight against terrorism, human rights and Iran's approach to the Middle East Peace Process."

The statement notes "ongoing work of the IAEA in Iran and urges full cooperation with the Agency in a spirit of full transparency in relation to its nuclear programme, with a view to solving all outstanding problems."

"The EU will continue discussion in light of IAEA Director-General El-Baradei's recent report and the outcome of the IAEA Board of Governors meeting currently taking place in Vienna," it concluded.

The 2-day EU summit ends Friday.

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