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EU, Iran to resume TCA negotiations next week

Brussels, Jan 8, IRNA -- Iranian government officials are expected to arrive in Brussels next week to resume economic and political negotiations with the European Union.

Negotiations on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will be resumed on Wednesday while separate political negotiations will be held on Thursday.

TCA negotiations were suspended after four rounds in June 2003 following EU concerns about Iran's nuclear program.

According to EU sources, the negotiations are being held in parallel with political negotiations.

EU leaders in a summit in Brussels in December gave the green light to resume the negotiations after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in November verified that Iran has voluntarily suspended its uranium enrichment activities.

The EU and Iran signed a deal in Paris in November on the nuclear issue after 14 months of intensive diplomacy carried out by the three major EU members -- Germany, France and the UK -- with the support of EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

On December 13, foreign ministers of the EU3 and Solana met Hassan Rowhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, in Brussels. The two sides agreed to resume the negotiations and also launch talks for a long-term economic, political and security cooperation.

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