Mann: Ashton to consider grounds for more cooperation with Iran

Tehran, March 10, IRNA – Michael Mann Spokesman of the EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said Ashton is to consider potentials for future cooperation, but mutual ties depend on progress in Iranˈs nuclear dossier.

Mann, in an interview with a western radio, said Ashtonˈs visit to Tehran was different and she discussed issues of mutual interest in addition to the nuclear program.

He added Ashton wants to underline that international community should work hard to find a solution for issues in the Middle East.

He continued that expansion of relations depends on progress in nuclear talks, adding that the two sides had a great deal of progress in this concern, but a lot of work is left and we want to find potentials for expansion of relation.

Mann said he preferred not to talk about the details of the talks.

The spokesman said that a number of sanctions have been imposed on persons because of human rights issues and we talked with Iranian officials.

He added that Iranˈs new foreign minister had expressed desire to re-start talks on human rights issue, so we wanted to consider atmosphere to find the potentials.

Mann stressed that Ashton wanted to see a number of Iranian senior officials, who had never seen them before.

She found out that achieving an agreement on the nuclear talks has support domestically and this issue is very positive, Mann concluded.



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