Italy looks to Iran for Opportunities

Our last post focused on the EU’s crumbling Iran walls, after earlier we shed light on Tehran’s efforts to court Germany. Turns out something’s also cooking in Italy (and it ain’t just pasta…).

The evidence is already pretty massive, and it’s mostly from the media – a partial list:

*A contract was signed by Iran’s Mines and Metals Technological Engineering Company (MMTE) and Italy’s Tenova Steel in the presence of the head of board of directors of the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) for construction of the still plant in Kerman province’s Sirjan city.

*A conference in Rome initiated by the Iranian embassy there and focusing on Hassan Rouhani’s election as an opportunity for dialogue. (Another conference focusing on economic opportunities in Iran is planned to take place in early November in Rome, Milan and Genoa under the auspices of the Iranian embassy in Italy.)

*An eight-day tour of Iran organized by the Iran-Italy chamber of commerce.

* An Italian-Iranian scientific meeting at the University of Shiraz.

*The University of Palermo signed an agreement with the Iranian government’s Institute of Social and Cultural Study to facilitate academic exchange.

* In a meeting with the Italian parliamentary delegation in New York, Iran’s foreign minister emphasized the importance of relations between the legislatures of the two countries and called for formation of an Iran-Italy parliamentary friendship group.

*Meanwhile, the Iran-Italy Chamber of Commerce congratulated former Iranian Chamber of Commerce head Mohammad Nahavandian on his appointment as head of Rouhani’s presidential office (we’ve already mentioned his ravings in previous writings).

Considering this recent flurry of activity, it would seem that Rome sees Rouhani’s election as an economic opportunity, just as many in the West see it as an opportunity to end the nuclear standoff.


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One comment on “Italy looks to Iran for Opportunities
  1. jonathan blackwell says:

    Iran is reaching out to the west with trade and oil

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