Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that his country is
capable of being a “successful model” of democracy in the Middle
“Iran can play a significant role in the region,” Zarif said in a
meeting in Tehran with Pier Ferdinando Casini, chairman of Italy’s Senate
Foreign Affairs Committee, according to a report in Iran’s Tasnim News
Referring to regional instability, the foreign minister said that
“homegrown models of democracy” were needed.
“A great and influential
country like Iran can play an important role in the region,” Casini said,
according to the report.
Casini began his three-day visit to Iran on
Friday, heading a five-member Italian parliamentary delegation.
Foreign Minister Emma Bonino visited Iran last month and met with Zarif and
President Hassan Rouhani.
Meanwhile, Iranian lawmaker Abbas Ali Mansouri
Arani told Tasnim that a delegation of British parliamentarians led by former
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was expected to arrive in Tehran on Tuesday for a
Visits by Italian and British lawmakers to Tehran
represent a thawing in relations between Iran and Europe since the deal struck
in Geneva in November with world powers.
Various countries are eager to
open up business ties with Iran after having been shut out due to sanctions on