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EU FMs say door is open for talks with Iran

Brussels, Jan 19, IRNA-The Foreign Ministers' Council of the 27- member European Union are to discuss Iran's nuclear program and the European bloc's relations with the Islamic Republic during their regular monthly session in Brussels on Monday.

"The ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on Iran," EU diplomatic sources told reporters in Brussels Friday.

The Council is expected to reiterate its continued support for efforts to find a negotiated long-term solution with Iran.

"We have always said the door is open for talks. But somebody has to go through it," stressed the sources, adding that the EU package offered to Tehran last year is still on the table.

"When somebody in Tehran is ready to take the EU's outstretched hand, we are ready," noted the EU diplomatic sources.

Monday's Council meting will be the first under the current German Presidency of the EU.

EP to hold session on Iran Monday - Austrian FM

Vienna, Jan 19, IRNA-Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday that EU Ministers Council would hold a session in Brussels on Iran on Monday.

In a communique issued by Austrian Foreign Ministry on the issue, a copy of which was faxed to IRNA, it reads, "One of the issues to be discussed in Monday session of the European Parliament is surveying the EU-Iran relations in the wake of the UN Security Council sanctions."

The proposal for holding the session is made by Germany, the rotating President of the EU, to the upcoming EU Foreign Ministers Conference, that is commissioned to regulate EU's foreign relations.

It is meanwhile stated in the communique that the EU foreign ministers would meanwhile survey the latest Middle East developments and stress the need for pursuing the Middle East Peace Process.

Among other issues to be discussed at the EP conference in Brussels there are Serbia and Belgrade's relations with EU, EU energy policy, EU employment policy, EU policy regarding its neighbors, and EU stand on death penalty for Bulgarian nurses in Libya.

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