Mark Collins – Signs of the Euro-Iranian Times

Two stories:

1) Germany first:

Germany, Iran Take Tentative Steps Toward Reviving Trade

Iranian President Hassan Rohani (right) meets with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the presidential office in Tehran on July 20.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani (right) meets with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the presidential office in Tehran on July 20.

Germany and Iran have moved tentatively toward reviving their once close trade relationship in anticipation of the lifting of Western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal.

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, making the first senior level German government visit to Tehran in 13 years, indicating on July 20 that a ministerial-level meeting of a long dormant German-Iranian economic commission would take place in Tehran during early 2016.

Gabriel announced the initiative during a meeting in Tehran with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh.

He then met with President Hassan Rohani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Upon his arrival in Tehran on July 19, Gabriel said closer economic ties depended upon Tehran improving relations with Israel.

He also said Germany and other Western countries expected Iran to assume “new responsibilities” following the nuclear deal, including a bigger role promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts — in particular in Syria.

One wonders how firm the Germans will be in fact.

2) France next:

French foreign minister to visit Iran ‘next week’

France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday he would visit Iran “next week”, after the historic deal on its nuclear programme.

Although Fabius did not provide more precise details, his aides told AFP that the trip would likely take place next Wednesday [July 29].

“I will be there next week,” Fabius told French radio.

“My colleague (Mohammad Javad Zarif) invited me. I was invited before but didn’t go, but now I think everything is in place for me to go,” he said, adding that he would also hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [emphasis added].

Fabius’s trip will be hot on the heels of a similar visit from German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who was the first top Western official to visit the country since world powers and Tehran struck a nuclear deal after years of negotiations…

Earlier:

Text of Iran Nuclear Deal

When the walls start tumbling down


Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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