Italy FM due in Iran for talks
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino will pay an official visit to Iran in late December, Italy's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, Press TV reported.
During her visit to Iran, which will take place on December 21-22, the Italian minister will hold "institutional meetings" with senior Iranian officials during the visit, added the statement on Sunday.
This will be the first time that an Italian foreign minister travels to Tehran in nearly 10 years.
Italy's Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli visited Tehran in August and held talks with senior Iranian officials. On November 19, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with his Italian counterpart in Rome.
Bonino's trip to Tehran will come after Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany clinched a nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24.
The interim deal sought to set the stage for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
Under the Geneva deal, it was agreed that no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran for a six-month period.
On December 5, Paolo Scaroni, the chief executive of Italy's multinational oil and gas company, Eni, met with Iran Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
"We plan to continue to be in Iran and possibly increase our activity as long as the sanctions regime is lifted," Scaroni said following his meeting with the Iranian minister.