Ex socialist French Prime Minister Michel Rocard arrived in Iran on Saturday to strengthen Tehran-Paris bilateral relations.
In a meeting with former French Socialist Prime Minister, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed hope that the President-elect would adopt a new approach toward the expansion of bilateral relations in all aspects and based on mutual respect, extending his congratulations to the French people on the victory of Francois Hollande in the presidential election.
In return, Michel Rocard underlined Iran’s significant status, and expressed hope that an atmosphere of mutual respect would be created between Iran and European countries so that any possible issues would be resolved in line with both sides’ interests and the reinforcement of global and regional peace and stability, FNA reported.
French media called Michel Rocard’s visit to Tehran, informal and claimed that the new French president Francois Hollande did not approve visit of former socialist French Prime Minister Michel Rocard to Tehran.
Hollande was elected in the French run-off presidential election to become the first Socialist politician to win the presidential election after 17 years of right-wing dominance over the country’s politics.