November 23, The Iran Project – Deputy Chief of the EU foreign policy Helga Schmid, heading a delegation arrived in Tehran on Sunday (Nov 19) evening to attend the third round of talks with senior Iranian officials.
While in Iran, Schmid took part in the 2nd Seminar on International Nuclear Cooperation: Progress and Prospect between officials of Iran and the European Union (EU) in central province of Isfahan attended by Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi and Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Spokesman of the AEOI, who also serves as the Deputy Head of the AEOI for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and held meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as well.
In her meeting with Iran’s foreign minister prior to start of nuclear talks, Schmid briefed Zarif of the results of her negotiations in Tehran, and said they examined various political situations in the countries in the region such as Syria, Yemen, Qatar and Lebanon where underlined the need to continue political talks in dealing with existing political challenges in the region.
Iran’s foreign minister, for his part, expressed the country’s willingness to continue talks and exchange of views with the European Union in various fields.
Speaking at the gathering, Schmid said that EU is determined to enhance its relations with Iran, and holding such a seminar is an indication to this commitment.
Referring to nine reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirming Iran’s commitment to the deal, she said that the joint statement issued by European Commission and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran in April 2016 emphasized the advances in nuclear cooperation between Iran and the EU.
Regarding the Tehran high-level talks, Araqchi said discussions focused on the economic cooperation, trade, banking ties, environment, investment, transportation, cultural relations, tourism, human rights and counter terrorism moves.
He also pointed to the issue of energy as the most important field in the Iran-EU cooperation.
He referred to Iran’s contracts with French Total and other European companies, saying bilateral cooperation in the area of energy is ‘growing.’
Meanwhile, Kamalvandi, said US congress moves are meticulously monitored by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the organization devises the necessary predictions according to its responsibilities.