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Italian foreign minister invites Iran's Rowhani to Rome

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to visit Rome, a week after France invited him to visit Paris

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Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has invited Iranian President Hassan Rowhani to visit Rome, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday, a week after France invited him to visit Paris.

Gentiloni conveyed the official invitation from Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during a visit to Tehran, his first since Iran reached a nuclear deal with world powers last month that will see international sanctions lifted.

A steady stream of European officials have visited Tehran since the deal, hoping to benefit from the opening of a major regional economy. Last week, France's foreign minister, who had pursued a hard line during the nuclear talks, invited Rowhani to visit Paris in November.