Senior lawmaker: EU parliament seeking to develop ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iran Tarja Cronberg underlined the EU’s firm intention to expand relations with Tehran, and said the EU legislators are devising a strategy for increasing cooperation with Iran.

“The main agenda of our trip to Iran is the expansion of cooperation with the Iranian parliament and the European parliament is devising a strategy for cooperation with Iran after the Geneva agreement (between Tehran and the world powers),” Cronberg said in a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Anti-Narcotics Police Chief Colonel Morteza Mirzayee in Tehran on Sunday.

“The European parliament is trying to expand relations with Iran, and fighting illicit drugs is one of the most important fields for such ties and cooperation,” she added.

Iran lies on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Persian Gulf states. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian police have lost around 4,000 of their personnel in the country’s combat against narcotics.

Cronberg underlined that the relations between Tehran and the EU will certainly improve after the implementation of the contents of the Geneva agreement signed by Iran and the six world powers in November.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) reached a final deal on November 24 after days of difficult and intensive negotiations and a decade-long nuclear standoff.

The deal includes removal of a part of the US-led West’s sanctions against Iran’s crude supplies, petrochemical exports and part of the banking operations, including the pay-back of Iran’s crude export revenues.

According to the deal, no further sanctions will be imposed against Iran. Iran’s crude sales will be maintained at the current level and Iran’s oil revenues will also be released.

Sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical sector will be completely removed and the sanctions on the country’s auto industry will also be lifted.

Sanctions on imports and exports of gold and precious metals, as well as the ban on the insurance of transportation and shipping services will be fully lifted as well.

By Fars News Agency


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