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Italian parliament delegation to visit Tehran
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TEHRAN – An Italian parliamentary delegation is scheduled to visit Tehran on January 3 for talks with Iranian officials.
 
The delegation, led by Senator Lamberto Dini, chairman of the Italian Senate foreign policy committee, will hold meetings with a number of Iranian MPs and state officials on a range of issues, the media reported on Friday. 
 
Last week, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino visited Iran, which was the first visit by an Italian foreign minister to Tehran in nearly 10 years.
 
Bonino’s visit followed a trip by Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli in August, shortly after President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration.
 
The visit came nearly a month after a landmark agreement between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.   
 
The agreement also stated that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries of the 5+1 group will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the sanctions on Iran and Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
 
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt are also scheduled to visit Iran within the next two months.
 
MT/PA 

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