Iranian FM Zarif Meets Italian Counterpart in Tehran

Iranian FM Zarif Meets Italian Counterpart in Tehran
Wed Aug 5, 2015 11:52:47

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni discussed the issues of mutual interest in a meeting in the Iranian capital, Al-Alam News Network reports.

During the Tuesday meeting, the two ministers conferred on different aspects of Tehran-Rome ties as well as the fields of cooperation and regular consultations on regional crises.

The two ministers described the relations between Iran and Italy as an example of "multidimensional ties" that include political, economic, cultural, and educational relations with numerous commonalities and areas of mutual interest.

Zarif said that the history of ties between Iran and the West has made Iranian people skeptical about the implementation of JCPOA (text of a comprehensive nuclear conclusion recently concluded between Iran and world powers), and urged Western countries to consider the Iranian nation’s demands and try to change the mentality.

In the new era of cooperation between Iran and European countries, changing this mentality is a fundamental element in the formation of ties, Zarif added.

Gentiloni, for his part, expressed Rome's willingness and resolve to promote the level of talks between the two countries, saying that a new era of cooperation has started based on commonalities and traditionally good ties.

The two sides also talked about the exchange of parliamentary and judiciary delegations as well as the fields of illicit drugs, human rights, organized crimes, cultural heritages, and several cultural and educational topics.

The meeting came as Gentiloni and Italian Minister of Economic Development Federica Guidi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday at the head of a delegation to meet with a number of Iranian officials.

Italy used to be a major economic partner of Iran, and is now trying to regain its position in the Iranian economy.

The visit came as part of a new wave of renewed interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

The comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six powers would terminate all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran after coming into force.

Experts believe that Iran's economic growth would rise remarkably after the final nuclear deal takes effect.

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