Iran, UK ties improving within a gradual course

Tehran, June 25, IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham says ties between Iran and the UK are improving within a gradual course.
Talking to reporters during her weekly press briefing on Wednesday, she said that based on an agreement between the two countriesˈ foreign ministers in September Iran and Britain will restore ties in a step by step process.

The process started with appointment of non-resident charge dˈaffaires in both countries and then Iranˈs embassy in London re-opened to provide services to Iranians in the UK, she added.

She said the UK too has just decided to re-open its embassy in Tehran in a gradual procedure.

She hoped future decisions by the two countries would lead to appointment of resident charge dˈaffaires in both countries for smoothing affairs and also opening new chapters in bilateral relations.

As for the issue of compensations for the damage done to the UK Embassy in Tehran, Afkham said the issue had not been raised by Tehran and London so far.

Asked to comment on the fate of the abducted Iranian diplomat in Yemen, the spokeswoman said the Foreign Ministry has been closely following up the case with Yemeni officials. According the latest information, she added, the diplomat is in good health.

Elsewhere in her remarks, she noted that the present atmosphere in the world has already changed in Iranˈs favor.

She said more foreign economic delegations are now visiting Iran in addition to visits by high-ranking diplomatic teams.

Afkham was asked: ˈBased on a Majlis decision, Iran was to construct 14 new power plants but the Geneva agreement would not allow Tehran to do so.ˈ She replied nothing had been finalized in the talks.

Since Iranˈs peaceful nuclear program is partly based on domestic needs, she said, it will pursue its natural process of development regardless of the results of the nuclear talks.



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