Leaders of UK and Iran meet for first time since 1979 Islamic revolution

British PM David Cameron and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani shake hands at meeting at UN general assembly in New York

The British prime minister, David Cameron, met the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, in New York on Wednesday in what marks a milestone in the long-strained relations between London and Tehran.

The meeting – as the two leaders attended the UN general assembly – was the first encounter between an Iranian president and a British prime minister since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iranian reporters in Rouhani’s UN entourage tweeted pictures of the smiling Iranian cleric shaking hands with Cameron in front of the two countries’ flags.

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