Rouhani arrives in Paris as Iran drums up business with France

Rouhani arrives in Paris as Iran drums up business with France

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in France for the second leg of his state visit to Europe, after three days in Italy, BBC reports.

 

Mr Rouhani is expected to secure valuable trade deals following the lifting of international sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme.

 

Among them is a likely agreement with French aircraft manufacturer Airbus for more than 100 new planes.

 

Mr Rouhani will also meet French President Francois Hollande.

 

As he arrived, Mr Rouhani said his trip was an important step in deepening ties between Iran and France.

 

Mr Rouhani's five-day visit to Italy and France is the first by an Iranian president in nearly two decades, as the Iranian president seeks to rebuild economic ties and secure new trade deals.

 

Iran is likely to need hundreds of new aircraft in the coming years as it re-establishes commercial air travel restricted by the sanctions, and French car makers will once again be free to supply to the Islamic Republic.

 

As well as a deal for Airbus planes, contracts are likely to be signed with car manufacturers Peugeot and Renault, Mr Rouhani told reporters on Monday.

 

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