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The Euro­pean Union should start high-level talks with Iran on energy and trade by the be­gin­ning of 2016, EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini told a closed-door meet­ing of EU pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

The day af­ter a deal on Iran's nu­clear pro­gramme was sealed this month, Mogherini told the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to start pre­par­ing for re­newed eco­nomic links with Iran, ac­cord­ing to min­utes of the meet­ing on July 15, seen by Reuters.

Mogherini met Iran's For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif in Tehran this week to dis­cuss im­ple­men­ta­tion of the nu­clear agree­ment. Zarif said that deal had opened the way for talks with the EU about wider ques­tions "in­clud­ing energy co­op­er­a­tion hu­man rights, con­fronting ter­ror­ism and re­gional is­sues". Mogherini told the Com­mis­sion it should "pro­vide sup­port for pre­par­ing the re­sump­tion of eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions with Iran fol­low­ing the lift­ing of the in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions, once the agree­ment (has) en­tered into force," the min­utes said.

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