"The trip indicates a strong will by Tehran and Rome to strengthen bonds,” said Iran’s Ambassador to Italy, pointing to the Italian Foreign Minister’s prospective trip to Tehran.
Speaking to Mehr News Agency Jahanbakhsh Mozaffari said "Beside meeting her Iranian counterpart, Mrs. Bonino will also meet President Rouhani and the Majlis Speaker Larijani. She might also have meetings with Vice Presidents Ebtekar and Aminzadeh.”
He pointed to the press crew of 20 accompanying the Italian official and counted it as indicative of the importance of the event.
Mozaffari also pointed to recent visits by the Political Director General of the Foreign Ministry and the Former Prime Minister of Italy and said "One week after Mrs. Bonino’s visit, the Italian parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee will go to Tehran. Also, after a few days there will be the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities of Italy making a trip to Iran. There may be additional visits as well.”
He counted the diplomatic moves as signs of interest in stronger bonds and said "Prior to the sanctions, Italy was Iran’s number one partner in commerce. Like many other countries, Italy has suffered the sanctions that were set against Iran and it is now looking forward for the sanctions to be lifted as soon as possible so that it will be able to resume commercial relations with Iran.”
The Italian Foreign Minister is visiting Tehran on Saturday December 21.
She will visit Tehran for two days at the invitation of her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The visit will be the first by an Italian foreign minister in ten years.
In November, Zarif met and conferred with Mrs. Bonino during his day-long visit to Rome.
Iranian Ambassador to Rome Jahanbakhsh Mozzafari pointed to the important status of Rome in Iran’s foreign policy, and said, "New developments have taken place in the two countries’ relations.”
Italy is an important country of the European Union and it has positive stances with regard to resolving Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West.