BRITAIN HOPES TIES WITH IRAN IMPROVE UNDER ROHANI

16 Jul 2013 07:54

TEHRAN, July 16 (Bernama) -- Former British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, expressed optimism about the improvement of relations between Iran and Britain during the administration of Iran’s President-elect, Hassan Rohani, Iran's IRNA reported.

In his interview with the BBC's Persian Service on Monday, IRNA quoted Straw as saying that he planned to make a trip to Iran with the aim of improving bilateral ties.

The former British official held several meetings with Rohani who was then the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and the country’s chief nuclear negotiator in the talks with Britain, France, and Germany between 2003 and 2005.

Iran agreed to temporarily suspend uranium enrichment-related activities in 2004. The suspension however ended after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in 2005 and Rohani resigned.

Straw also hoped that the two countries’ embassies would be reopened during the administration of Rohani, who will take office on Aug 3.

The current British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, withdrew British diplomats and shuttered the Tehran embassy after it was attacked in 2011 by a mob, which he claimed had the backing of the government. Iranian diplomats in London were also expelled.

-- BERNAMA

IAMS RT