The Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Vincenzo Amendola, is on the second day of his diplomatic mission to Iran. Yesterday, as mandated by Minister Alfano, he represented the Italian Government at the inauguration ceremony of the second term in office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rohani. The ceremony, which was held at the Iranian Parliament, was attended by over 100 foreign delegations. Today Mr Amendola, assisted by the Director-General of Political Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Luca Giansanti and by the Italian Ambassador to Iran, Mauro Conciatori, had bilateral meetings with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, with the Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, and with the Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, Amir Saeid Iravani.
During the talks, Mr Amendola emphasised how Italy’s institutional presence at the inauguration ceremony of President Rohani confirms our Country’s full intention to continue strengthening bilateral relations with Tehran. Moreover, the Undersecretary reaffirmed Italy’s staunch support for the Nuclear Agreement (JCPoA – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), which came into force in January 2016, and for its full implementation by all the parties involved.
The talks also offered an opportunity to exchange views on the main regional crises, especially the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Referring to these crises, Mr Amendola reaffirmed Italy’s commitment to find and support political solutions. Lastly, the talks focused on the two Country’s political, economic and cultural relations, which continue to be excellent. More specifically, they pointed to the need to intensify cooperation in the area of finance, consular relations, infrastructure and tourism.