Positive Outlook for Tehran-Rome Ties

Positive Outlook for Tehran-Rome Ties Positive Outlook for Tehran-Rome Ties

Iran's Ambassador in Rome Jahanbakhsh Mozaffari said the visit of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Iran this week will have a favorable impact on Tehran-Rome cooperation.

Renzi will travel to Iran on April 12 for a two-day visit, three months after President Hassan Rouhani went to Rome to strengthen ties.

"A delegation of 120 industry leaders, top-level managers of Italian banks and accredited trade institutions will accompany the prime minister in his visit," ISNA quoted the envoy as saying on Saturday.

Mozaffari pointed out that the Italian delegation's visit will complement the Iranian president's trip to Rome.

"The results of the two countries' practical cooperation will be manifested gradually," he said.

According to Reuters, Italian companies, including shipbuilder Fincantieri, Ansaldo Energia and state railroads company Ferrovie dello Stato have all signed deals with Iranian companies. Fashion house Roberto Cavalli and leather firm Piquadro have opened shops in the capital Tehran.

Abbasali Mansouri Arani, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, described the top Italian official's trip as "very positive".

Arani underlined the importance of forming connections with foreign countries after the end of sanctions for improving economic conditions and implementing the policies of Resistance Economy.

Resistance Economy is a set of domestic production-oriented economic principles outlined by the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.   

"Italy is one of the important and influential countries in the European Union. Bilateral relations will benefit both sides," the lawmaker was quoted as saying by ICANA on Saturday.  

The two countries signed 28 memorandums of understanding during Rouhani's visit, seizing the opportunity of Tehran's post-sanctions era, provided by the implementation of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and major powers on Jan. 16.