Berlin, 24 Aug – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday he will travel to Iran in October.
Steinmeier’s visit follows on from a three-day trip last month by Germany’s Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who became the first senior figure from a large Western government to visit Tehran since it struck a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers.
Under the 14 July deal, agreed after more than a decade of negotiations, U.S., EU, and U.N. sanctions will be lifted in return for Tehran imposing long-term curbs on nuclear activities which the West has suspected are aimed at making an atomic bomb.
“I will be in Iran in October”, Steinmeier said at the opening of a diplomatic conference in Berlin on Monday, Reuters reported. A foreign ministry spokesman said talks about the trip were just starting and he could not give any concrete details.
Germany has commercial and cultural links in Iran that go back to the 19th century. German firms were involved in almost every major industrial project in Iran until its 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the Trans-Iranian railway.
Western politicians have hurried to visit Tehran to reinvigorate business and diplomatic ties since the nuclear agreement. On Sunday, Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran.