Ashton in Tehran - Meeting with Human Rights Activist
“Having properly passed through the current stage (of nuclear talks), we will reach a climate where the two sides will face very important and strategic issues and in that atmosphere Iran and the European Union can have strategic ties with each other, for example in the fields of energy and transit,” Rouhani told Ashton. (IRNA/Press TV, 9 March)
“Iran and the European Union can hold talks and have cooperation on regional issues including the fight against terrorism and extremism, the issues of Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq and narcotics trafficking,” Rouhani added.
IRNA reported that Ashton had said in the meeting that the EU acknowledges the important role of Iran in the region and is ready to develop more dynamic ties with the country.
Ashton will held talks on Sunday with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Senior Advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati, and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani.
On Saturday evening, upon her arrival in Tehran, Ashton met with Iranian human rights activist Narguess Mohammadi and mother of Sattar Beheshti, whose son died in custody.
Photo above: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (R) and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meet at Presidential Office in Tehran; 9 March 9 2014. (Press TV)
Photo below: Ashton greeting Sattar Behesti's mother, who hold a photo of her late son; Tehran. (Twitter/@Parpanchi)