EU office may be established in Tehran

EU office may be established in Tehran

Iran plans to open a European Union office in Tehran to boost bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic and the 28-nation bloc, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said.

Speaking at a meeting with EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan in Tehran, Jahangiri praised the security condition in Iran and said the country can be a reliable partner for the EU.

"Economic cooperation between Iran and the EU member states is age-old and almost all of the credible European companies have had an active presence in Iran’s economic fields, including energy, industry, and agriculture," Tasnim cited him as saying.

Jahangiri also said the establishment of an EU office in Tehran is on the agenda of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, adding that the office can facilitate the implementation of agreements reached between the two sides.

Hogan, in turn, hailed his meeting with the Iranian agriculture minister on the same day and said Iranian banks should improve their standards to boost cooperation between the two sides.