Italy PM: Tehran’s Role Key to Anti-Terror Fight

Italy PM: Tehran’s Role Key to Anti-Terror Fight Italy PM: Tehran’s Role Key to Anti-Terror Fight

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi reaffirmed the need to collectively fight terrorism and said Iran plays a key role in the campaign against terrorist groups.

He made the statement in a telephone conversation with President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday following a spate of bloody terror attacks in the French capital Paris late Friday.

Renzi also expressed Rome's willingness to improve relations with Tehran in all fields and hoped that the Iranian president would make a trip to Italy as soon as possible, Press TV reported.

Rouhani canceled his visits to Italy and France, which were scheduled for Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 16-17 respectively, over the Paris attacks.

The president stressed the importance of a "coordinated and collective" fight against terrorism, noting that all countries need to concentrate their efforts on the anti-terror campaign.

Rouhani added that over 17,000 Iranians have fallen victim to acts of terror, describing terrorism as "abhorrent and horrific."

"We are, however, confident that terrorists will never emerge victorious in the face of the determination of all nations and governments and will fail to achieve their objectives," he said.

The president hoped that his trip to Europe would take place at an appropriate time in future.

Rouhani said expansion of relations between Iran and Italy would serve the interests of the two nations.