French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrived in Iran Monday evening to discuss issues of mutual interests as well as regional and international developments with senior Iranian officials.
He is going to take part in Iran-France joint economic commission meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, during his two-day stay in Iran.
He and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Javad Zarif are going to sign a MoU on Tuesday as well.
The French diplomat plans to discuss threats resulted from rise of Takfiri terrorism, preventing certain countries’ support for Takfiri terrorism, Syrian developments, Iran-France economic cooperation and the Joint Compressive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in a meeting with Secretary of Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.
Jean-Marc Ayrault will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Zarif, as well as other Iranian officials.
Dozens of executives from French companies are accompanying Ayrault to sign business deals with Iranian clients.
This is the first visit by a foreign minister of a world power since the new U.S. administration took office.
In 2015, Laurent Fabius — Ayrault's predecessor — visited Tehran following the nuclear deal between Iran and G5+1. The deal limited Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Many officials from European countries have visited Iran since the deal went into effect last year.