Sunday, 12 January, 2020

Pres. Rouhani to visit Germany in 3rd Europe destination since sanctions lifted

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit the German capital late this month in his third Europe destination since sanctions lifted, the Islamic Republic’s transportation minister, Abbas Akhoundi, said in the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the slated visit may strain the so-called “special relationship” between Israel and Germany.

Berlin has said repeatedly that it will not normalize diplomatic relations with Iran until Tehran recognizes the existence of Israel. From Jerusalem’s point of view, a visit by Rouhani would be tantamount to a normalization of relations.

Earlier this year, President Rouhani travelled to Italy and France, during which he signed a host of commercial deals.

In Italy, he sealed industrial deals worth between 15 billion euros and 17 billion euros ($18.5 billion).

Iran also signed a contractto buy 114 Airbus planes from France, during a visit to Paris by President Rouhani.

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