Iran is an influential player in Middle East region: Italian ambassador

Italian Ambassador to Iran Alberto Bradanini has called Iran an influential player in the Middle East region, saying it has a strategically important status in the region and enjoys rich oil and gas reserves.

Bradanini made the remarks in Tehran on Sunday during a farewell meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the end of his diplomatic mission in Iran.

The Italian ambassador stated that Iran is a great country with a rich culture and its people are very hospitable.

He also said, “Iran and Italy should utilize the existing potential to expand their relations.”

Salehi called Iran a “natural partner” for Europe and said that “given various grounds for cooperation in commercial, political, economic, and cultural fields, we are ready to develop our relationship in all areas.”

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