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Iran urges better relations with EU

02-22-2012 08:58 BJT

Iran’s Foreign Minister says Turkey is the top candidate to host the upcoming round of talks between Iran and world powers regarding Tehran’s contentious nuclear programme. The foreign minister reiterated Tehran’s keenness to be on good terms with Europe.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian Foreign Minister, said, "We seek to have the best possible relations with the European Union, and we hope the EU pays more attention to this matter. We know that the number of EU countries who are not in favour of hostile policies towards Iran is not low, but unfortunately, two or three countries decide on the orientation of EU policies."

Salehi’s comments came after Iran laid out conditions for future oil exports to European countries. Iran halted sales to Britain and France earlier this week. Tehran also said it is considering extending the oil embargo to other EU countries.

But Iran says if European companies want to sign contracts with Iran they are demanded to sign two to five year contracts with absolutely no pre-conditions. Many Western countries fear Iran’s nuclear program masks ambitions to build atomic weapons and have carried out a string of sanctions aimed to press Iran to cooperate. Iran denies the charges, saying its programme is for civilian purposes.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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