President of National Assembly of France to visit Iran

Iran and France have stepped up their efforts to restore their economic relations following last year’s nuclear agreement.

Iran’s Ambassador to Paris said on Saturday that the country is making plans for the visit of French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to Iran for the formation of a joint economic commission in the next few months.

The Iranian envoy Ali Ahani referred to the mutual efforts by both governments in a bid to bolster bilateral relations.

He also said “at present, there is a perfect opportunity for French companies for doing investment and production in Iran.”

Ahani then pointed to the high-level political and parliamentary meetings between the two countries, the Iranian president’s visit to Paris in February, and the signing of 35 MoUs as a start of a new chapter in the two countries’ relations.

The Iranian envoy further talked about the recent visit of French Environment Minister Segolene Royal to Tehran on Aug. 28, where she met with her Iranian counterpart Massoumeh Ebtekar.

He also said that the President of the French National Assembly Claude Bartolone will pay a visit to Tehran at the head of a senior parliamentary delegation on Monday.

The official visit comes at the invitation of Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

The French delegation’s talks with Iranian officials are expected to focus on ways for bolstering bilateral ties as well as the latest regional developments.

Bartolone had been scheduled to visit Iran in mid-July but postponed his trip following a terrorist attack on July 14 in the southern French city of Nice.

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