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First French foreign minister in Iran in 12 years calls for more business

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Staff writer ▼ | July 31, 2015
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Tehran with a message of greater economic cooperation, now that Iran is no longer shackled by international sanctions over its nuclear program.
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French companies are eager to cooperate in the fields of energy, cars, aviation, environment, health and agriculture, Laurent said.

The Iranian news agency IRNA reported that Fabius met with President Hassan Rouhani, who expressed hope that “the nuclear agreement should lead to a better cooperation between Iran and Europe.“

Fabius is the first French foreign minister to visit Tehran in 12 years. He also officially submitted French President Francois Hollande's invitation to Rouhani to visit France next November. The last Iranian president to make a state visit to France was in 1999, when Jacques Chirac was the French president.Fabius reiterated that Hollande extends a friendly hand to Iran.

Upon arrival in Tehran, Fabius said that a French economic delegation, including several companies like carmakers Renault and Peugeot, are due to visit Tehran in September.