May 21, 2009

Frattini cancels Iran visit

Italy’s foreign minister Franco Frattini canceled a trip to Iran for talks on regional security issues. Though the Foreign Ministry statement made no mention of Iran’s test Wednesday of a missile capable of reaching Israel and U.S. Mideast bases, it is practically certain that Frattini’s decision was provoked by the missile test itself. Officially the Foreign Ministry said the decision—which followed a postponement in March—was motivated by the fact that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wanted to meet Frattini, who had been scheduled to depart Wednesday, in the city of Semnan instead of in Tehran. But Semnam is precisely where the Iranian president had just announced the successful launch of the medium-range missile. According to diplomats, Frattini had also been warned that Ahmadinejad would try to exploit his visit for his election campaign. One more reason why the decision is to be welcomed.


  1. This isn't the first time that Frattini shows himself to be to be a man of principles and shrewd Foreign Minister, also regarding Iran. This makes him all the more important in the eyes of Ahmadinejad, who believes he needs European blessing, especially from such an example of integrity, to be able to continue his megalomaniac projects. Whatever one's political tendency, Frattini seems to be an asset to Italy, and thus to Europe.

  2. I couldn't agree more with you...