The first official visit to Tehran by an EU foreign policy chief since 2008;
Catherin Ashton EU foreign policy chief arrived in Tehran heading a politico-economic delegation; in a meeting, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU high ranking official discussed issues of mutual interest.
After the meeting the EU official and Iran’s foreign Minister held a joint press conference. EU’s Ashton said that the interim agreement reached over Tehran's nuclear program in Geneva last November is a really important deal. Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister for his part said Tehran is determined to reach an agreement over its nuclear program but that it will ONLY accept a solution which recognizes the nation’s nuclear rights.
Catherine Ashton has also met with other senior Iranian officials including Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani to discuss different aspects of relations between Tehran and the European Union;
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany aim to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
The two sides wrapped up their latest round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on February 20 and are set to meet again in the Austrian city on March 17 to continue their negotiations.