Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli will be visiting Tehran on 6 and 7 August to make contact with the Iranian authorities following the inauguration of President Rouhani. His visit will underscore the Italian government’s interest in Iran after the election of the new President. Another aim is to encourage the new Iranian administration to take concrete steps to open a new era of dialogue with the international community.
Pistelli’s visit will also be an opportunity to recall the historic ties linking the two peoples and to resume the bilateral dialogue on issues such as the stabilisation of Afghanistan and combating drug trafficking. It will also be an occasion to invite the Iranian authorities to behave responsibly with respect to the numerous regional questions in which they are involved. A focus will be the resumption of links at the university and research levels and of cultural cooperation to safeguard and promote historic sites.
“Another topic for discussion will be the P5+1 negotiations with Tehran”, commented Deputy Minister Pistelli. “While these are not on the official agenda, we will most certainly have an opportunity to reiterate Italy’s support for the approach adopted by the international community”.