Ashton's Visit to Iran Highly Significant, Says PN Member Tarja Cronberg

Tarja Cronberg
March 09, 2014

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Lady Catherine Ashton, has met with Iranian officials in Tehran. Talks focused on Iran's nuclear program and ties between the country and the EU.

”I welcome the first visit of Baroness Ashton to Iran. I hope that the visit will help to arrive to a final E 3 + 3 - agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme,” says PN member Tarja Cronberg MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Iran delegation. ”The visit of the EU High Representative to Iran is very significant to the future of the EU-Iran relations. It should be followed up by other European contacts and expert exchanges, in particular in the field of human rights, education, and environment and innovation.”

PN member Tarja Cronberg MEP headed the European Parliament's Delegation to Tehran between December 12 and 18. The first visit since 2007 aimed at re-establishing interparliamentary relations with members of the Iranian Majlis.

PN member Tarja Cronberg MEP is a member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, its Subcommittee on Security and Defence and Chair of the Iran delegation.


Photo by Österreichisches Außenministerium. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) smile during a press statement at Austria Center Vienna, Austria, 20 February 2014. Negotiators from Iran and six world powers were gathered in Vienna to start talks on ending the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear programme through a comprehensive agreement. The discussions were bringing together Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and top diplomats from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany.

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