facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Minister: Iran wants closer ties to EU

June 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
NICOSIA, Cyprus, June 26 (UPI) -- Iran's foreign minister in a speech Tuesday to expatriates on Cyprus said Tehran wants to develop closer relations with the European Union.

Ali Akbar Salehi said he expects Cyprus, which assumes the rotating EU presidency in July, to act as a bridge between Iran and Europe, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The EU approved a boycott of Iranian oil Monday as part of the continuing effort to pressure Iran on its nuclear program. Salehi did not address the boycott except to say Iran will soon have the capacity to export research reactors.

Ramin Mehmanparast, a foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters at his regular weekly briefing in Tehran the boycott will hurt upcoming talks with the group that includes the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, the Tehran Times reported.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks
2
New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year
3
115,000 immigrants to lose health care coverage by end of September 115,000 immigrants to lose health care coverage by end of September
4
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
5
Ukraine may join European Union in vote on Tuesday Ukraine may join European Union in vote on Tuesday
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback