|Italian prime minister to visit Tehran soon||
TEHRAN – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is scheduled to pay a rare visit to Iran in the near future, the Iranian media reported on Sunday.
His visit will follow a trip by Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino to Tehran on December 21 at the invitation of Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Bonino had described her meetings with senior Iranian officials as constructive, emphasizing that Tehran and Rome enjoy great potential to strengthen mutual ties.
Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli had visited Tehran in August, shortly after President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration.
Furthermore, 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 visits come 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.
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