TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Italian Ambassador to Iran Mauro Conciatori hailed the growing relations between the two countries and expressed the hope that Tehran and Rome would boost cooperation in diverse fields following the formation of a new government in the European country.

Speaking to Press Shia Agency, Conciatori said the bilateral relations between Italy and the Islamic Republic are progressing “very well” in political, economic, and cultural areas.

He further pointed to the recent general elections and formation of a new government in his country, saying that political meetings between Iranian and Italian officials are expected to be held in the near future.

Asked about the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Conciatori expressed optimism that the deal will be saved.  

In a speech from the White House on May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has underlined that any decision to keep the JCPOA running without the US should be conditional on “practical guarantees” from the three European parties to the deal.