Thursday, 25 April, 2019

French National Assembly president to visit Iran Monday

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President of French National Assembly Claude Bartolone will pay an official visit to Tehran Monday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

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.

According to Tasnim news, 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 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.

Iran planning for French FM’s visit in coming months

Iran’s Ambassador to Paris said Sat. that the country is making plans for the visit of French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to Iran for the formation of a joint economic commission in the next few months.

Iranian Ambassador to Paris Ali Ahani, who had attended a roundtable entitled ‘Iran, now a perfect time for cooperation’ on the sidelines of the French employer’s body MEDEF union summer forum in France, referred to the mutual efforts on the part of both governments in a bid to bolster bilateral relations, adding “at present, there is a perfect opportunity for French companies for doing investment and production in Iran.”

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