On Thursday, the Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said
that she will be visiting Tehran "in the next few days," the Italian
news agency ANSA reported.
According to the Italian news agency, Bonino’s visit will be the first official visit to Tehran by an Italian foreign minister after almost 10 years. In 2004, Italy’s then Foreign Minister Franco Frattini visited Iran.
Bonino had previously said, "Our cooperation with Iran
was traditionally very, very good,” Press TV says.
The announcement to visit Iran comes after a nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers in Geneva last month.
Bonino’s visit will be the first official visit to Tehran by an Italian foreign minister after almost 10 years.
Speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere della sera, Bonino said, "On September 26, there was a line of politicians and diplomats at the United Nation General Assembly in New York waiting to see (President) Hassan Rouhani and (Foreign Minister) Mohammad Javad Zarif. We had to wait for our turn to see them,” Fars news agency reports.
"I wanted to meet Zarif in Rome last Thursday, but the meeting was postponed. We are studying a program for direct cooperation with Iran which is not only on energy," the Italian top diplomat said.
Bonino said Italy was the first western country which underlined the importance of Rouhani's election as the president of Iran.