French FM ‘to visit Iran next week’ after breakthrough in nuclear talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has announced a plan to visit Iran next week in the wake of a landmark breakthrough in the nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries.

Fabius announced his plan on Tuesday, but refrained from releasing more precise details. However, according to his aides, the top French diplomat would likely travel to Iran next Wednesday.

“I will be there next week,” Fabius told French radio, adding that the trip will take place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“I was invited before but didn’t go, but now I think everything is in place for me to go,” he said, adding that he would also meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s economy minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deputy, traveled to Iran on Sunday for high-level economic and trade talks with Iranian officials.

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (C) is received in Tehran by Deputy Minister of Petroleum Amir Hossein Zamaninia (R). (DPA photo)

Heading a delegation of representatives from companies and industry groups, Gabriel embarked on the three-day trip to revive trade relations with Tehran.

Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – succeeded in finalizing the text of an agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna on July 14 after 18 days of intense negotiations and all-nighters that capped around 23 months of talks between Iran and the six other countries.

A file photo of a Peugeot car assembly line in Tehran

Representatives from the French employers’ federation, MEDEF, are also set to visit Iran in September.

Many Western companies have been keeping a keen eye on the final result of the talks between Iran and the P5+1, looking for enhanced trade opportunities in the country.

Before sanctions were imposed on the Islamic Republic, Paris and Tehran enjoyed strong trade ties, with France’s Peugeot and Renault car makers as well as oil giant Total having a strong presence in the Iranian industrial and energy sectors.

The French firms have expressed willingness to resume their activities in the Islamic Republic.

By Press TV