German FM to Visit in Oct. to Rebuild Ties

German FM to Visit in Oct. to Rebuild Ties

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday he plans to travel to Iran in October, sending a strong signal that Europe's largest economy wants to quickly rebuild economic and political ties with the Islamic Republic.
"I will be in Iran in October," Steinmeier said at the opening of a diplomatic conference in Berlin on Monday, Reuters reported.
Steinmeier's visit follows on from a three-day trip last month by German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who became the first senior figure from a large western government to visit Tehran since it struck a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers.
A foreign ministry spokesman said talks about the trip were just starting and he could not give any concrete details.
He added that the recent conclusion of the nuclear deal was a "good occasion" to restore Germany's traditionally close ties with the country.
Germany has commercial and cultural links in Iran that go back to the 19th century.
Western politicians have hurried to visit Tehran to reinvigorate business and diplomatic ties since the nuclear agreement. On Sunday, the UK reopened its embassy in Tehran.

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