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Iran-Europe ties help Mideast stability: Larijani

TEHRAN, dec. 18, 2013, (Press TV)Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called for the expansion of cooperation and dialogue between Iran and European countries as a contributing factor to the stability of the Middle East.

"Cooperation between Iran and European countries can be beneficial for the establishment of security and peace under the existing sensitive conditions in the region," said Larijani at a Tuesday meeting with Tarja Cronberg, head of a visiting European Parliament delegation, in Tehran.

Larijani also called for more inter-parliamentary relations between Iran and Europe as a way to promote cooperation in different spheres.

The Iranian Majlis speaker underscored the importance of continued dialogue between Iran and Europe over human rights issues for the creation of deeper mutual understanding and settlement of any misunderstandings.

Larijani criticized some efforts aimed at politicizing the issue of human rights, noting, "Human rights is basically a social issue related to peoples lives. It is a huge mistake to mix the issue with political objectives."

Touching on the recent nuclear deal reached between Iran and the Sextet of world powers in the Swiss city of Geneva, Larijani described the agreement as a litmus test for Wests sincerity, adding, "The Western countries should not repeat past mistakes in dealing with Iran."

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany inked a nuclear agreement in Geneva on November 24.

The interim deal sought to set the stage for the full resolution of the Wests decade-old dispute with Iran over the countrys nuclear energy program.

Cronberg, for her part, described the meetings of the visiting European parliamentary delegation with Iranian officials as highly useful and constructive and noted that the negotiations during the visit provided a better understanding of Tehrans views about different issues.

She also expressed hope that such interactions would continue to grow.

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