TEHRAN, July 1 (MNA) – French ambassador to Tehran Bernard Poletti said on Tuesday Paris is optimistic about the outcome of talks between Iran and the European Union over Tehran’s nuclear program, Majlis press department reported.

In a meeting with MP Alaeddin Borujerdi, Poletti expressed hope that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana’s latest meeting with Iranian officials will help end the West’s long running nuclear standoff with Tehran.

 

Solana on June 14 put forward an updated package of incentives on behalf of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, offering trade and nuclear incentives in exchange for a halt in Iran’s uranium enrichment activities.

 

However the 27-nation European Union last week agreed new sanctions on Iran including an asset freeze on its largest bank, Bank Melli, ahead of receiving Tehran’s answer to the new incentives.

 

Borujerdi, who heads the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, described the recent meeting between the EU and Iranian officials as positive.

 

He expressed hope that the negotiations will continue in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency statute. 

 

The lawmaker criticized the European Union for imposing new sanctions on Iran, saying, “Certainly the sanctions will not weaken Iran’s willpower but they will damage the EU’s credibility in the eyes of the Iranian nation.”

 

He also expressed concern over the recent growth in drug cultivation in Afghanistan and called on the EU to develop cooperation with Tehran in campaign against drug abuse and terrorism.

 

“Terrorism is a common enemy and we should prevent the establishment of terrorist chains in the world,” Borujerdi asserted.

 

Poletti also called for expansion of relations with the Islamic Republic, saying “French leaders have always stressed having constructive and close ties with Iran.”

 

He said Iran and France have a common viewpoint on fighting terrorism and drug trafficking. Paris is determined to boost cooperation with Tehran in combating drug abuse, he added.

 

 

BA/PA

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MNA

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