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Iran's president Rouhani visits Italy on his first official trip to Europe

President Rouhani will meet Italian authorities to discuss political, economic partnerships.
Iran's president Rouhani visits Italy on his first official trip to Europe

This is Rouhani's first visit to Europe as president. Photo by Ansa/Epa

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Nov 14 - 10:48 GMT

President Rouhani has canceled his trip to Rome and Paris.

The decision came after the deadly, terrorists attacks that hit Paris on November 13, leaving more than 120 dead and more than 150 injured. Rouhani has expressed his condolences for the French people, condemning the attacks as "Crimes against humanity".

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Following the invite of the Italian Government and Pope Francis, Iran's Hassan Rouhani will visit Rome and the Vatican on November 14th, 15th.

On his first visit to the Old Continent as a president, Rouhani is expected to meet President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Pope Francis.

President Rouhani will engage in discussions over the political and economic partnerships that bond the two countries, also meeting Italian investors and entrepreneurs, hoping to attract foreign capitals into his country.

Rouhani’s visit also follows the historic Vienna’s nuclear deal signed on July 14, 2015 with the European Union and the 5 + 1 countries. On the 16th, President Rouhani will then leave for France.

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