Wednesday, 20 January, 2016

Rouhani to visit Italy, France next week, first Europe trip after sanctions lifted


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit Italy and France next week on his first trip to Europe since the lifting of sanctions against his country, a diplomatic source said on Monday.

“Rouhani would be in Italy on Jan. 25-26 and leave for Paris on Jan. 27. On his first day in Italy he will meet the country’s president, prime minister and business leaders. ” Reuters quested a source as saying.

He is scheduled to meet Pope Francis on the second day, the source added.

The visits were originally due to take place in November but were canceled after the attacks by Islamist militants in Paris.

French President Francois Hollande said last December that he would host his Iranian counterpart at the end of January after an earlier visit was postponed

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