The European Parliament (EP) in its full session in Strasbourg Tuesday adopted a resolution on a new EU strategy towards Iran following the nuclear agreement by 456 votes to 174, Tehran Times reported.
The resolution says that the EU should reset its relations with Iran through comprehensive, cooperative, critical and constructive dialogue.
It advocates expanding trade with Iran, and calls for active EU diplomacy to de-escalate tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.
“My report stands for peace, an active diplomatic role for Europe, and a belief that by identifying common interest where it exists, that it is possible to build on it,” said EP rapporteur of the report, Richard Howitt from the UK.
The resolution notes that “the Iran nuclear deal was a notable achievement for multilateral diplomacy, and for European diplomacy in particular”.
The EP supports the expansion of the EU’s trading relations with Iran, which currently stand at about USD 8 billion, and believes it should aim towards making the EU Iran’s main trading partner.
It welcomes the positive results already brought by the nuclear deal: a 43% increase in trade between Iran and the EU during the first six months of 2016 and around 30 Iranian banks reconnecting to SWIFT.
The resolution calls for an active EU diplomacy to de-escalate tensions between Tehran and Riyadh, as their constructive cooperation is essential in “finding solutions to end armed conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen”.
Iran welcomes EU resolution on normalization of ties
The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday welcoming a recent resolution by the European Union that foresees a normalization of the bloc’s ties with Iran.
“This move depicts the European Parliament’s determination for expansion of ties with Tehran,” ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.
Qassemi urged the European Parliament to take a more positive attitude towards Iran by passing “constructive and realistic resolutions”.
“The resolution acknowledges Iran’s effective role in promoting peace and stability in the region and also across the world,” the Foreign Ministry official remarked.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Qassemi called on the European Parliament to do away with politicizing the issue of human rights in Iran so that both sides can sit together and discuss such issues.
“The Islamic Republic is ready to exchange views regarding such topics in a peaceful atmosphere, so that it can introduce Islam’s points of view on human rights,” he pointed out.