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Solana, Ahani discuss EU-Iran ties

Brussels, Nov 19, IRNA -- Iran's ambassador to Brussels, Dr.Ali Ahani, met EU foreign policy chief Dr.Javier Solana Thursday evening and discussed the latest developments in relations between the European bloc and the Islamic Republic.

Solana described the recent EU-Iran agreement on Iran's nuclear programme as important and voiced optimism over closer cooperation between Brussels and Tehran, Iranian diplomatic sources told IRNA.

For his part, Ahani welcomed the expansion of EU-Iran cooperation and said the EU can consider Iran as an influential player in resolving regional crises and in having a stronger international political role.

Sources in Solana's office told IRNA that the EU foreign policy chief was extremely pleased to meet Ahani whom he knows well from previous meetings.

Ahani was the former deputy minister for Euro-American affairs.

Solana said the two sides now have an opportunity to move their cooperation forward and that he will do the utmost in this regard.

The EU foreign policy supremo reiterated his call on the Iranian side to be fully transparent on the nuclear programme, said the sources.

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