TEHRAN, March 8 (Xinhua) -- An imminent visit to Iran by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton can facilitate the implementation of a previously-clinched nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying by Press TV on Saturday.
"The trip can be effective for the enforcement of the Geneva agreement," said Hossein Sobhaninia, who sits on the Presiding Board of Iran's Majlis (parliament).
Ashton's visit provides an opportunity for both negotiating parties to exchange views, Sobhaninia was quoted as saying.
Iran and the P5+1 group -- the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany -- clinched an interim nuclear deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 24, 2013. The deal took effect on Jan. 20.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear activities in exchange for a relief of the West's sanctions on its economy.
Ashton will visit Iran on Saturday for talks with Iran's high- ranking officials on the country's decade-long nuclear issue, according to an Iranian Foreign Ministry official.
Ashton would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif during her two-day visit to Tehran, local media said.
Iran and the world powers held expert-level talks from March 5 to 7 in Vienna to hammer out a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program.