London, Jul. 01 â€“ Human rights in Iran will be a priority for the European Union under the Presidency of the United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to a report released by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
The report, entitled â€œProspects for the EU in 2005â€, noted, â€œHuman rights are also a priority for the UK and EU in relations with Iran, and, as Presidency, the UK will represent the EU in the EU/Iran Human Rights Dialogueâ€.
The paper also stated that progress in the EUâ€™s relations with Iran depended on â€œactionâ€ by Iran to address the EUâ€™s political concerns in other areas such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Iranâ€™s approach towards terrorism and the Middle East peace process.
Regarding Iranâ€™s suspected nuclear weapons program the paper added that â€œa full suspension [of uranium enrichment] is essential for the continuation of the processâ€.
The EU under Blairâ€™s presidency will face newly-elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an ultra-conservative loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The UK will â€œconsult with partnersâ€ on the implications of the outcome of the Iranian presidential election, according to the paper.