The nuclear agreement with Iran marked the end of a long period of sanctions and gave a new impetus to Iran-EU relations. On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif appeared before Parliament's foreign affairs committee to discuss the future of EU-Iran relations as well as the situation in the Middle East. “Iran is open to work with Europe to reduce the concerns and tensions in the region,” he said, but added: “We both need to gain each other’s trust."

Although MEPs welcomed the opportunity to strengthen ties with Iran, they also raised concerns about issues such as the country´s human rights record, its relations with Saudi Arabia and its role in the Syrian conflict.  Watch the video above for more details.

Zarif also met Parliament  President Martin Schulz and other political leaders during its day-long visit to the Parliament. Richard Howitt, a UK member of the S&D group, is currently drafting an own-initiative report on the EU's strategy on Iran in the wake of the nuclear agreement.