Iran, Italy Keen to Bolster Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Italy's incoming Ambassador to Tehran Luca Giansanti discussed the latest developments in the bilateral ties and explored avenues for the further expansion of mutual cooperation in a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Giansanti submitted a copy of his credentials to Salehi at the beginning of his career as Italy's new ambassador to Tehran. 

Salehi pointed to the good relations between the two countries, and said, "Iran and Italy are two crucially important countries that enjoy old cultural ties and share many commonalities." 

The Iranian foreign minister further described Iran as a reliable partner in trade and economic cooperation, specially in the energy sector, for Italy and Europe. 

The Italian ambassador, for his part, termed Iran an important country from the strategic, regional and energy viewpoints. 

Giansanti pointed to the good cooperation between the two countries and the considerable volume of the bilateral trade transactions in the past, and expressed the hope that "we will see growth and expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries in future". 

Giansanti has replaced the former Italian Ambassador to Tehran, Alberto Bradanini who held the post for four years. 

Last month, the former Italian ambassador to Tehran said that Italy is Iran's major trade partner, and called on both countries to utilize the existing capacities to further enhance their bilateral ties and cooperation. 

He made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian foreign minister and at the end of his diplomatic mission in Tehran in December. 

Pointing to Iran's strategic position and its rich oil and gas reserves, Bradanini said, "We have always tried to be one of Iran's major trade partners." 

"Iran and Italy should make an optimum use of the existing capacities to bolster their relations," he added. 

He called Iran a big country with rich culture and hospitable people. 

Salehi, for his part, thanked the Italian ambassador for his efforts during his mission in Tehran. 

"Iran and Italy enjoy special status and importance in their respective regions and the two countries should move to consolidate and expand their bilateral ties, given the existing capacities," the Iranian foreign minister said. 

He said that Iran is ready to enhance ties with Italy in all fields, given the abundant grounds existing for mutual cooperation in trade, political, economic, and cultural sectors.