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EU's Catherine Ashton wins praise and criticism in Iran press

Published on Mar 10, 2014 7:49 PM
 
A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani (right) meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on March 9, 2014, in Teheran. Iranian newspapers on Monday, March 10, 2014, welcomed Ms Ashton's weekend visit to Teheran although her focus on human rights came under criticism. -- PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN Iranian newspapers on Monday welcomed European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's weekend visit to Teheran although her focus on human rights came under criticism.

Ms Ashton met on Sunday with top Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"Iran and Europe enter an era of cooperation," ran the headline in government-run daily Iran alongside a picture of the Rouhani-Ashton meeting.

According to the president's office, Ms Ashton delivered "the goodwill message" of the 28-member European bloc to Mr Rouhani.

 
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