EU foreign policy chief visit to Iran

Published April 16th, 2016 - 08:16 GMT
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 28, 2015. (AFP/File)

Mogherini reached Tehran on Saturday alongside a group of senior European commissioners, including industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska, transport commissioner Violeta Bulc and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.

This is the second time the EU foreign policy chief visits the Islamic Republic following the conclusion in Vienna of a nuclear agreement between the country and the P5+1 group of countries -- five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – last July.

Mogherini chaired the P5+1 states during the nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

She is scheduled to first sit down for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. A joint press conference will follow.

During her one-day trip, Mogherini will also be meeting Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, and Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Besides the expansion of Iran-EU relations, the talks are expected to focus on the opening of a permanent EU diplomatic office in Tehran as well as the deadly crisis in Syria.


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