Iran’s foreign minister to visit Italy next week

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to pay an official visit to Italy to discuss the grounds for the enhancement of cooperation between Tehran and Rome.

Zarif will travel to Rome next week at the invitation of his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino.

The Iranian foreign minister will also exchange views on regional and international issues during meetings with Italian officials.

Zarif was originally expected to visit Italy following the latest round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany in the Swiss city of Geneva over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. But he had to postpone his visit to Italy as the talks unexpectedly stretched into the early hours of November 10.

Iran and the six major world powers did not reach a deal in Geneva, but stressed that significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of achieving a deal. The two sides agreed to continue negotiations on November 20 in the same venue.

Political observers say France has been the main reason behind the West’s failure to reach an agreement with Tehran over its nuclear energy program.

On November 9, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that “Israel’s concerns” must be taken into consideration in the course of the negotiations, adding that there was “no certainty” whether Iran and the six powers would reach an agreement during last week’s talks.

By Press TV


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