Italian FM Arrives in Tehran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino arrived in Tehran, a rare visit by an EU official in recent years, to discuss ways of improving cooperation between Rome and Tehran with senior Iranian officials.
Bonino, who is leading a high-rankings mission, is scheduled to meet senior Iranian officials including Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
It will be the first time in nearly 10 years that an Italian foreign minister travels to Iran and follows a trip by Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli in August, shortly after President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration.
The trip comes after a breakthrough interim deal struck last month between Iran and world powers, that many hope can pave the way for the permanent settlement of the standoff that has evaded solution for a decade.
On November 19, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had also paid an official visit to Italy before heading to the Swiss city of Geneva to hold talks with representatives of the six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Zarif’s November meeting with his Italian counterpart revolved around bilateral relations between the two countries, Iran’s nuclear program and the prospect of the Geneva talks.
After that meeting in Rome, Zarif had announced that Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Foreign Minister Emma Bonino would visit Iran in the near future.