Within a week, both dictators will be received with open arms by French President Francois Hollande.
Yet, the Obama Administration had told us that its new policy would encourage our allies to be more critical of these brutal regimes and their anti-democratic practices.
"It's all business" -- as regime apologists like to say.
Rouhani due in Paris as Iran drums up business with French
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will arrive in France on Wednesday for the second leg of his state visit to Europe, after three days in Italy.
Mr Rouhani is expected to secure valuable trade deals following the lifting of international sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme.
Among them is a likely agreement with French aircraft manufacturer Airbus for more than 100 new aircraft.
Cuba's Raul Castro to visit France on Feb. 1
Cuban President Raul Castro next month will make the first visit to France by a Cuban head of state since his brother in 1995 as he tries to carve out a larger role for the Communist-run nation since improving ties with the United States.
French President Francois Hollande in May became the first Western president to visit Cuba in more than 50 years and has been positioning his country to capitalize on the thaw in relations.
France was Cuba's main creditor and last month as part of a deal between Cuba and the 15 rich creditor nations of the Paris Club it agreed to annul $4 billion in debt.