German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Iran with an economic delegation on Sunday, becoming the first high-ranking western politician to visit the country after it struck a nuclear deal with world powers.
By travelling to Tehran with a delegation of industry group representatives and company officials, Gabriel sends a strong signal that
Germany wants to quickly rebuild economic and political ties with Iran after a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program.
“The agreement reached between the E3+3 and Iran in Vienna has laid the foundations for a normalization of economic relations with Iran,” Gabriel said before setting off. E3+3 refers to the group of countries that negotiated with Iran.
“The precondition for this is that the steps foreseen in the agreement are now implemented,” said Gabriel, who is also Germany’s vice chancellor.