Bahram Qassemi

Iran, UK expansion of ties urged by both sides

TEHRAN, Sep. 05 (MNA) – Iran’s FM Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi expressed hope for improving relations with UK to the level of ambassadors, saying expansion of bilateral ties is being urged by both sides.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi made the remark in a press conference on Monday in Tehran, adding “our relations with the UK have been at times through ups and downs, and once it was severed completely, but attempts were made to revive the ties which resulted in the two countries’ embassies being reopened and diplomatic relations established at the level of charge d’affaires.”

To a question about the measures by the Foreign Ministry in regard to Mina tragedy which claimed the lives of 4,700 people, including more than 460 Iranians, during Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca on Sep. 24, 2015, he said “once the tragic incident occurred and before the return of Iranian pilgrims’ bodies to our country, several committees were formed in the Foreign Ministry and settled a number of issues.”

He went on to add, “various organizations are present at these committees, following up on legal mechanisms. The issue was also pursued at the regional level, but due to severed relations with Saudi Arabia, the process has encountered some problems.”

“We have had no consultations with Oman as a mediator between Tehran and Riyadh over the Mina tragedy,” he clarified.

By Mehr News Agency