European states opposing anti-Iran sanctions: EU commissioner

Economy - EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said on Saturday that none of the European countries favor to impose sanctions on Iran, as the EU intends to push its cooperation with Tehran at the same level it has been so far.

Asked about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the fact that in case of the US violation of the deal, whether the EU will slap sanctions against Iran under probable pressures, he said that none of the European countries are scheduled to impose embargos against Iran.

“We have concluded the deal earlier and we will not hesitate to keep cooperation and fulfill our commitments under the deal,” Hogan said.

“We have been some signatories to the deal and the EU is fully active in the field, as presence of the EU’s senior officials in US Congress last year was aimed at backing Iran’s nuclear activities,” he said.

He further noted that the bloc plans to boost agricultural cooperation with Iran, and said, 'We have declared our willingness to that effect to Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati.”

Today, a cooperation deal between the Iranian and French private sectors was signed in a ceremony attended by agriculture minister and EU commissioner for agriculture and rural development.

Hogan sat down for talks with Agriculture Minister Hojjati today.

Hogan made the remarks after the meeting that resulted in signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the EU Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and Iran today will herald a new era in mutual cooperation.


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