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Rouhani Starts First Post-Sanctions Tour in Italy

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Accompanied with a big economic delegation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is due to arrive in Italy for the first leg of a European trip during which he is expected to sign major business deals after a nuclear deal saw sanctions lifted against the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani Starts First Post-Sanctions Tour in Italy

The three-day trip’s chief aim is boosting economic ties, and comes a week after Tehran’s deal with world powers came into force, allowing the United States and the European Union to lift economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear activities.

Relatively, Tehran declared Sunday it will buy 114 Airbus planes to revitalize flag carrier Iran Air’s ageing fleet, the first major commercial deal since sanctions were lifted.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei hailed the agreement as a “new chapter” for Iran as its economy returns to global markets.

Following a working lunch with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella, Rouhani is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

In parallel, he is also to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, in the first official visit by an Iranian president there since Mohammad Khatami in 1999.

Besides, Rouhani will head a high-powered business delegation to speak at an economic forum.

Source: Al-Ahed news

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