Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said his country could have better relations with the United States, but it was up to Washington to change its "hostile" stance towards Tehran. "It's possible that Iran and the United states might have friendly relations. But the key to that is in Washington's hands, not Tehran's," Rohani said at a news conference in Rome on January 27.
"I would like to see the Americans set aside their hostility and chose another way, but inside the U.S. there are some problems, there is no unified voice," he said, noting that "the Zionist lobby" was "very influential."
Rohani, on the first state visit by an Iranian president to Europe in nearly two decades, is seeking foreign investment after the lifting of international sanctions against Iran on January 16 under its nuclear accord with world powers.
Iranian's President Rohani waves during a visit to the Colosseum in Rome on January 27, 2016.
Rohani is due to travel on to Paris later on January 27, with talks with French President Francois Hollande scheduled the next day.
Rohani's visit to Paris is expected to result in the signing of important business contracts, after sealing multibillion dollar deals in Italy.
A major order for 114 Airbus planes to modernize Iran Air's ageing fleet is expected to be confirmed in France, along with tie-ups with carmakers Peugeot and Renault.
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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