EU-Presidency and Commission Joint Press Release on the Opening of the Negotiations with Iran

December 12, 2003

The first round of negotiations between the EU and Iran on a trade and cooperation agreement and political dialogue and cooperation against terrorism took place in Brussels on 12 December 2002. The Presidency was represented by Mr Peter Lysholt Hansen, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and the Commission by Mr Christian Leffler, Director in the European Commission. The Iranian delegation was led by Mr Shamseddin Khareghani, Director General for
Western Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr Kia Tabatabaii, Director General for Multilateral Economic Cooperation, MFA.