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11/20/04

EU Foreign Ministers' Council to welcome deal with Iran

Brussels, Nov 20, IRNA -- The Council of European Union Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels Monday will welcome the agreement reached between the EU Big 3 (Germany, France and Britain) and Iran last weekend.

"It is clearly a step in the right direction," EU diplomatic sources told reporters in Brussels Friday.

Once the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified the suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment activity, the Commission will start to prepare for a resumption of trade and cooperation negotiations (TAC).

"We will start looking for dates soon after that," said the sources, requesting anonymity.

The sources explained that the negotiations will start from where they were suspended in June last year and not from zero point.

The Council will also discuss the long-term agreements with the Islamic Republic.

The EU-Iran steering committee is to meet in mid-December and will be supported by working groups.

The Commission, the EU's executive arm, will be represented at all levels in that process.

The Commission will support Iran's efforts to join the World Trade Organization, said the sources.

"But all of the work that we would like to begin with Iran still hinges crucially on the verification of suspension and we really hope that this agreement can lead us to a broader and deeper relationship with Iran," underlined the EU sources.

"We want to see Iran take its place in the international community and in that region and we hope that long-term agreements can be reached."

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