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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian president Rouhani begins 4-day European visit

Italy's premier said Monday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, kicking off the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in nearly two decades, "can play a fundamental role in the stability" of the Middle East.

Matteo Renzi told reporters after meeting privately with Rouhani that the landmark deal on curbing Iran's nuclear activities "is just a first step for a new season of peace and prosperity, not just in Iran, but in all the region."

"If we reached a nuclear deal, we can reach a deal on Syria. We must reach a deal on Syria," Renzi said.

Rouhani's four-day visit to Italy and France is part of efforts by Iran to reach...