President of French National Assembly to Visit Iran Monday
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – President of French National Assembly Claude Bartolone will arrive in the Iranian capital of Tehran at the head of a senior parliamentary delegation on Monday.
The official visit comes at the invitation of Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
During his two-day stay, Bartolone is planned to hold talks with Larijani and other senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.
The French delegation’s talks with Iranian officials are expected to focus on ways for bolstering bilateral ties as well as the latest regional developments.
Bartolone had been scheduled to visit Iran in mid-July but postponed his trip following a terrorist attack on July 14 in the southern French city of Nice.
France, like many other European countries, has sought to make the most of the post-sanctions era to develop ties with Iran in various fields, economy and trade in particular.
There has been a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Iran’s nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16.
The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.