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Italy gets new Iranian ambassador

Italy gets new Iranian ambassador

Head of state Sergio Mattarella has approved the nomination of Hamid Bayat as Iran's new ambassador to Italy, the foreign ministry said in a brief statement on Wednesday.

Italy has forged strong ties with Iran and signed deals worth over 18 billion dollars during a two-day visit by Iran's president Hassan Rouhani in January 2015 just a week after the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal that saw economic sanctions against the Islamic republic lifted.

Significantly, Rouhani chose Italy as the starting-point for his state visit to Europe - first made by an Iranian leader for 16 years.