EU parliament president to visit Tehran

EU Parliament President Martin Schulz to pay one day visit and hold meetings in Iranian capital

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The European Parliament President Martin Schulz will pay a one day official visit to Iran on November 7, with the aim of “improving relations” between Iran and the European Union following the close of the Iranian nuclear programme agreement .

Heading the parliamentary appointment, Schulz is planned to meet with senior Iranian authorities including President Hassan Rouhani, Speaker Ali Larijani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of Iranian parliament’s research centre Kazem Jalali.

Schulz, is a German politician who has been the head the EU Parliament since 2012. He was also re-elected for the second time in 2014. Previously he was leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

The nuclear deal was announced last July between Iran and the six world powers -Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States- is aimed at monitoring Iran's most sensitive nuclear work for over 12 years in exchange for immediate relief for the country from economic sanctions that have long crippled its economy.

Following the nuclear deal, especially the western world that has started dispatching delegations to Tehran to study cooperation in the post sanctions period.

So far, the eight top Western officials including German Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius have visited Iran to discuss implementation of the nuclear agreement that aims to curb the country's nuclear programme in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

South Africa will visit Tehran

At the National Assembly of South Africa in Cape Town, the Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that he will travel to Iran on an official visit to lead the South African diplomatic and trade delegations of higher-level between November 7 and 9.

Ramaphosa visit will be to consolidate strategic relations in politics and economy between South Africa and Iran.

"Ramaphosa's delegation will also explore opportunities for the co-operation in the energy sector with a view of attracting investment into South African refinery and shipping capacity and for an exchange of technology and skills in the energy sectors," his office said.

Furthermore, they will be able to investigate and identify skills on development and have training opportunities for South African trainees in various Iranian branches.


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