Source: Press TV
President Hassan Rouhani will travel to Switzerland and Austria at the invitation of the European countries' presidents, IRNA news agency reported on Monday, citing the presidential office. Rouhani will travel first to Bern for a two-day visit in the first half of the Iranian month of Tir (June 22-July 6), the presidential office's director for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
He will meet Swiss President Alain Berset and supervise the signing of
documents for cooperation in various political, economic, and cultural areas,
besides attending a gathering of Swiss-based Iranian nationals.
Rouhani will then head to Vienna where he will meet Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and similarly oversee the signing of several documents for cooperation.
A number of ministers, political and economic officials, as well as entrepreneurs and private sector representatives will accompany Rouhani on the visit.
The visit comes in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
European countries have been scrambling to save the deal and ensure that Iran remains in the agreement through pledging incentives to the Islamic Republic.
The European Union has improved relations with Iran since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) went into force in early 2016, and promised to uphold their side of the bargain despite the US pullout from the deal.
Rouhani's visit also comes on the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tour of Europe to persuade European leaders to abandon the Iran deal and impose new sanctions on the country similar to the US.
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