The Iranian leader also tweeted at France’s president, offering his condolences to the French people and speaking of the solidarity Iran felt as a fellow victim of terrorism:

Announcing the change in travel plans, Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said: “It is better now to focus on fighting terrorism and President Rouhani’s trip to Europe will happen in near future,” according to the Iranian news agency.

Iran is busy rebuilding relationships with Western powers following years of dispute over its nuclear program. A deal was struck in July between Iran and a group called the P5+1 which comprises France, China, Russia, the UK and Germany. Among other things, it could see Iranian oil flow back into global markets.

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