Iran's President Rohani invited to visit France in January

Iranian President Hassan Rohani is expected to visit Paris in January
Iranian President Hassan Rohani is expected to visit Paris in January Capture d'écran / CBSNews

French President François Hollande has invited Iran's Hassan Rohani to visit Paris in January, following the cancellation of a visit last month because of the 13 November Paris attacks, the speaker of France's Senate said on a visit to Tehran on Saturday. Gérard Larcher said that by then all international sanctions against Iran should have been lifted.


Hollande "hopes he will be able to welcome" the Iranian president on 27-28 January, Larcher said in Tehran on Saturday.

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Rohani was due to visit Paris on 16-17 November as part of a thaw in relations following July's multilateral agreement on Iran's nuclear capacity but both sides agreed to postpone it because of the Paris attacks, which Rohani described as "crimes against humanity".

By then "I hope that all the sanctions will have been lifted" and the visit "will be the point of departure for closer and more frequent contacts between our two countries", he added.

France is anxious to reestablish economic ties with Iran and Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius visited Iran two weeks after the nuclear deal was signed, with Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll following in September accompanied by Foreign Trade Junior Minister Matthias Fehki and some 130 French entrepreneurs.

Larcher, who was to meet Rohani on Sunday, discussed the "anti-terrorist struggle", Syria, Lebanon and Yemen with Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Larijani.

After the Paris attacks "France, more than any other country, can be active against terrorism with strength and will power", Larijani declared.

Former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who chairs the Senate's foreign affairs and defence committee, accompanied Larcher, who was to leave Tehran on Monday evening.


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