Italy, Iran's open "door" to Europe

(BRUSSELS2) The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs was in Iran on Sunday (December 22) for an official visit, marked by the sign of détente between Europeans and Iranians. Italy poses, without hesitation, as a vector of moderation, advocating closer ties with Iran as well as its involvement in certain international negotiations, notably on Syria.

Italian Minister E. Bonino and her Iranian counterpart Zarif (credit: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)A first

Italy intends to open “ a new era of dialogue withIran”, this is in some way the objective of the visit of the Italian Foreign Minister to Tehran. The first of an Italian minister in ten years in Iran and the first of a head of European diplomacy since the election of Hassan Rouhani, we like to point out in Rome. “ With the resumption of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue, a period of normal relations between the EU and Iran must begin agreed the foreign ministers of the two countries.

Syria and human rights

Syria and human rights were also discussed. “ All the countries concerned must take their responsibilities and make their contribution” to the resolution of the Syrian crisis explained Emma Bonino, when asked about the role that Iran could play (we are thinking in particular of the Geneva II conference). As for the question of human rights, “ we should be able to talk about it without prejudice » – she clarified, referring to possible cooperation with the organization of a joint workshop on the death penalty.

Strengthening of bilateral relations

The Italian minister also met the Iranian president. Hassan Rouhani estimated that Italy was the “ doors » which Iran can use to strengthen « mutual trust with Europe ". reiterated its invitation to Italian President, Enrico Letta, to come to Iran and expressed its support for the Italian candidacy for the UN Security Council. Bilateral agreements and future meetings were also discussed, on the economic level, with the announcement of a short mission of a delegation from the Central Bank of Iran to Italy and the opening of new sectors such as rail and aviation, but also in the cultural field with the visit to Tehran next week of Italian Minister Massimo Bray, and that of the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Ferdinando Casini.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).