It was expected that Rouhani would meet with the leadership of France and Italy and Pope Francis.

 

At the invitation of French President Francois Hollande, Rouhani had planned to pay a state visit to the French capital on November 17.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian had been due to lead the Iranian team.

President Rouhani’s visit to Italy and France was postponed due to the terrorist incidents in Paris. Zarif said he will travel to Vienna to join talks on Syria’s civil war and confronting Islamic State.

“In the name of the Iranian people, who have themselves been victims of terrorism, I strongly condemn these crimes against humanity and offer my condolences to the grieving French people and government”, Mr Rouhani wrote. A few 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the national stadium, where the French president Hollande and the German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier were watching a friendly soccer worldwide.

Zarif said the Paris assaults demonstrated the danger of extremism wasn’t restricted to the Middle East, or so the fight against it shouldn’t be restricted to the area either.

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Iran’s Rouhani cancels visit to Italy and France over Paris attacks