Iranian parliamentary speaker to brief Brussels

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30 June 2005, TEHRAN - Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Hadad Adel will brief the European Union in Brussels on the policies of the new Iranian president, the news agency ISNA reported Thursday.

30 June 2005

TEHRAN - Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Hadad Adel will brief the European Union in Brussels on the policies of the new Iranian president, the news agency ISNA reported Thursday.

"As my visit to Brussels will be the first by an Iranian official to Europe after the presidential elections, I can clarify the political realities in Iran to the E.U.," Adel told ISNA before his trip to Brussels.

The surprise landslide victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in last Friday's presidential elections has caused concern in Europe over the foreign policies of the new president, considered an Islamic hardliner.

Adel and Ahmadinejad both belong to the ultraconservative Abadgaran (Development) Party which dominates parliament and which also has close links to the clergy-controlled judiciary and the Guardian Council, a constitutional court-like body.

"Enlightening the E.U. (on the new president's policies) could lead to optimism and prepare grounds for further expansion of bilateral ties," said Adel, who is head of the Abadgaran Party.

The speaker also saw no reason why nuclear negotiations with the E.U. trio Britain, France and Germany should be stopped, saying that Ahmadinejad himself, like his predecessor Mohammad Khatami, approved of the talks while at the same time insisting on Iran's legitimate right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology.

The president-elect also stressed that there would be no change in the formation of the nuclear delegation, terming the nuclear issue as a "state matter" which needed a unanimous consensus by the whole administration.

Iran wants to resume uranium enrichment to produce nuclear fuel but the E.U. has so far opposed such a plan as the enrichment process could also be used for production of atomic bombs.

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently in Iran to make final inspections and the IAEA report would then form the agenda of the next round of talks scheduled for end of July or beginning of August.

DPA

Subject: German news

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