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The time when Iran was strongly protesting to Italy over detention of two Iranians belongs to a remote past. On August 6-7, the Italian government has sent its Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli to Tehran "to make contact with the Iranian authorities following the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani."
Italy has shown "interest" in the election of Mr. Rouhani which, Italy hoped, could "open a new era of dialogue with the international community." Mr. Pistelli aimed at encouraging the new Iranian government to take concrete steps towards addressing pending issues with the IAEA, enhancing stability in Afghanistan and advancing a political solution in Syria. About the P5+1 negotiation, "we will most certainly have an opportunity to reiterate Italy's support for the approach adopted by the international community," said Mr. Pistelli.
Italy's stance clearly contrasts with Canada's of which it has represented the interests in Iran since September 2012. Though Italy underlined that "with a nuclear Iran, the rules of the Middle Eastern game would change irreversibly", Italy has been keen on building sound relations with Iran. So far, the hand Italy outstretched to Iran has not failed and Italy has always been seeking dialogue, with the support of the US and Israel, according to remarks of former Foreign Minister Franco Frattini in 2010.
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