WORLD Iran says EU renews call for opening office in Tehran

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Iran says EU renews call for opening office in Tehran

Xinhua

01:35, October 09, 2018

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves after a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, on May 15, 2018. (File photo: Reuters)

TEHRAN, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian lawmaker said on Monday that the European Union renewed the call for opening an office in Iran's capital Tehran, Tasnim news agency reported.

The call was first made by an Austrian envoy during a recent meeting of 26 ambassadors from European countries hosted by the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Tasnim cited the commission chairman Heshamtollah Falahatpisheh as saying.

Austria currently holds the EU rotating presidency.

A number of other ambassadors echoed the need for the EU to establish an office in Iran, Falahatpisheh added.

However, Iran's foreign ministry played down the expectations, saying "no precise and comprehensive view" was reached, the report said.

The EU had proposed opening an office in Iran a couple of years ago, according to Tasnim.

In November 2017, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said the establishment of an EU office in Tehran could facilitate the implementation of bilateral agreements.

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