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.