Iranian president to visit to France sometime after
Iranian new year
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will pay a
ground-breaking visit to France sometime after the Iranian new year in
March, although the date has not yet been set, the foreign ministry said
The ministry, quoted by the official Iranian news agency, said the visit
is "on the agenda" but will not take place before the Iranian
new year which will start March 21.
"Necessary coordination will have to be made with due regard for
the president's work program," it said.
Iran's embassy in Paris said in November that the visit would take place
in February but did not provide further details. French Foreign Minister
Hubert Vedrine, who went to Iran in August, gave Khatami an invitation
from French President Jacques Chirac to visit Paris.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will travel to france at an unspecified
date to pave the way for Khatami's visit, the first by an Iranian head
of state to a European Union country since the 1979 Islamic revolution.