Deals and warm words flow as Iran president visits Europe

Iran's President Rouhani walks next to his Italian counterpart President Mattarella at the Quirinale presidential palace in RomeBy Antonella Cinelli and Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) – Italy and Iran signed billions of dollars of business deals on Monday at the start of a visit to Europe by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani aimed at rebuilding his nation's ties with the West after years of economic sanctions. Heading a 120-strong delegation of business leaders and ministers, Rouhani will spend two days in Rome before flying to France on Wednesday, looking to polish Tehran's diplomatic credentials at a time of turmoil in the Middle East. There are sectors where we must work closer together," Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, standing alongside Rouhani.


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