Post-sanctions Spain, Iran agree on closer contacts

Published on : Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spain-and-IranMadrid – Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and Iranian Vice-President
Mohammad Ali Najafi agreed to maintain closer bilateral civilian contacts.

During their meeting in Madrid, they deliberated upon a common bilateral agenda, as well as some international and regional matters, Spain’s foreign ministry said in a communique.

Najafi, the director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, is in
Spain for the FITUR 2014 International Tourism Trade Fair.

Garcia-Margallo told the Iranian vice president of his wish to visit Iran in the near future.

The Spanish minister also expressed interest in the status of political and civil rights in Iran following the change of government in 2013.

As for regional and international matters, the Spanish foreign minister congratulated the Iranian for his country’s part in the Geneva Plan of Action, an accord reached on Nov. 24 by which Iran made a series of commitments concerning its nuclear program.

Spain’s top diplomat expressed interest in the next steps to be taken and underscored to
Najari “the importance of reaching, in the next six months, a definitive and verifiable agreement that consolidates the positive dynamic that in recent months has existed in relations with Iran.”

Garcia-Margallo said that Spain hopes Iran will undertake “a positive role in a future scenario of peace and reconciliation” as far Syria is concerned.

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