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Steps should be taken to help resolve Iran nuclear issue: Solana

Source: Tehran Times

Former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has said that steps should be taken to help resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. He made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Sunday.

Former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana

A number of foreign officials and special guests, including Solana, had traveled to Iran to take part in the inauguration ceremony of new Iranian President Hassan Rohani which was held on Sunday.

"Steps should be taken to clear up misunderstandings about Iran's nuclear issue using future opportunities and a new mechanism and through the continuation of negotiations," Solana said according to a translation of his remarks published by ISNA.

Iran and the West are at loggerheads over Tehran's nuclear program, which Iran says is entirely peaceful but the West claims may be meant to develop the capability to produce nuclear weapons.

Iranian parliament speaker, for his part, said that the cooperation between Tehran and Europe could create a new atmosphere in the region.

"The cooperation between Iran and Europe on major and strategic regional issues could serve the interests of the two sides and present new opportunities for the settlement of Iran's nuclear issue," Larijani said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that the new situation has made it necessary to devise new plans to help resolve the nuclear issue, adding the suspension of uranium enrichment is "an issue of the past."

Duma chief says Russia's policy toward Iranian nuclear program is unchanged

In a separate meeting with Larijani on the same day, Chairman of Russia's State Duma Sergey Naryshkin expressed hope that friendly relations between Iran and Russia would be strengthened.

He also said that Russia's policy toward Iran's nuclear program has not changed, adding that Moscow believed that Iran had the right to transparently pursue its peaceful nuclear program under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Larijani also met with Azerbaijan's National Assembly Speaker Ogtay Asadov on Sunday. He is scheduled to meet with President of Algeria's Council of the Nation Abdelkhader Bensalah, Venezuela's National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi on Monday.

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