TEHRAN, May 05, 2014 (FNA)- Head of Italy-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group Ettore Rosato said Rome supports the ongoing talks between Iran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany), and hoped that the negotiations will produce desirable results soon.
"Italy supports the trend of the talks and it is interested to see that these talks bear the final results soon," said Rosato in a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Sunday. He underlined that striking a final deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) will pave the way for taking a major step towards the expansion of Iran-Italy ties.
The Iranian parliament speaker, for his part, welcomed Italys role in resolving the regional disputes, and said, "Iran welcomes cooperation with Italy over those regional issues which include common interests."
Larijani pointed to Irans peaceful nuclear program, and said, "Iran needs nuclear energy to meet its needs due to its geographical and climate conditions." He underlined that Iran has never been in quest for the nuclear weapons as it sees the weapons of mass destruction as an obstacle to the establishment of security in the region and the world.
Also, Rosato in a meeting with Supreme Leaders top aide Ali Akbar Velayati on Saturday stressed Romes enthusiasm for opening a new chapter of consolidated growing relations with Tehran. "Italy looks at the relations with Iran through a special view and has had old and durable friendship with an important country like Iran," Rosato underlined.
The 10-member Italian delegation, headed by Rosato, arrived in Tehran on Saturday morning for a four-day visit. The Italian delegation is scheduled to meet with Chairman of the Parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi and other Iranian authorities, including a number of Foreign Ministry officials.
In the last few months, the Islamic Republic has received a number of parliamentary delegations from different countries in line with Tehrans policy to further bolster its foreign relations. Last week, a French parliamentary group led by Chairman of the French Senates Finance Committee Philippe Marini arrived in Iran to discuss the promotion of economic ties between Tehran and Paris with a number of Iranian lawmakers and cabinet ministers.
In December 2013, an eight-member team from the European Parliament (EP) traveled to Tehran and met with senior Iranian legislators, including Larijani and Boroujerdi. The team was led by Tarja Cronberg, who is a member of the EPs Foreign Affairs Committee.