British FM in Tehran for meeting top Iranian officials

December 10, The Iran Project – Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson arrived in Tehran on Saturday (Dec 9) to hold meetings with Iranian officials.

Johnson’s two-day stay witnessed meetings with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and President Hassan Rouhani.

Johnson conferred with Zarif on commitments of all parties in dealing with sound implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and also about other matters including economic, banking and trade relations as well as regional and international developments.

Britain believes that the JCOPA is of prime importance and underlined his country’s commitment for implementation of the treaty, British foreign secretary said.

Talking to Larijani, Johnson said that London will support the 2015 nuclear deal as an important and international agreement.

Johnson added that his visit aimed at promoting the level of Tehran-London cooperation in different political, economic and parliamentary fields as well as removing hurdles in the way of further mutual ties.

Meanwhile, Larijani, for his part, complained that Britain did not take serious steps for economic cooperation after the approval of the nuclear deal, while other European states have made further efforts in this regard.

He added that London has even failed to solve Iran Embassy’s banking problems in London.

Also Shamkhani in a meeting with Johnson said in the absence of Iran’s anti-Daesh measures, terrorists had taken control of Iraq and Syria and would have now been Europe’s neighbor.

“The US behavior towards Iran nuclear deal is a disaster and staying on it will discredit the US and also the international accords,” he said.

Besides, Johnson referred to the importance of making efforts to remove barriers on the way of Iran nuclear deal, saying JCPOA is a multilateral and international agreement and its implementation will be to the benefit of world peace and stability.

“Unilateral acts will make difficult achieving peace,” he said, stressing on London’s opposition to US decision in recognizing Holy al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

Elaborating on Salehi and Johnson’s meeting, AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said “Continued implementation of the nuclear deal while sanctions are still in place is impossible and Mr. Salehi reminded this issue again in his today meeting with Mr. (Boris) Johnson (the British foreign secretary).”

“Mr. Salehi precisely raised issues related to the nuclear deal and our country’s commitment to its nuclear deal undertakings and stated that the other side has not properly implemented its undertakings in different economic fields,” he added.

In a Sunday meeting with British top diplomat, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at his American counterpart for making an “incorrect” decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, warning that the move adds fuel to tensions in the Middle East.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said Iran sought to establish sustainable peace and stability, help end war and bloodshed, and uproot terrorism in the region, adding that Tehran-London talks could lead to the development of regional stability.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the level of Tehran-London cooperation after the JCPOA implementation and urged the two sides to make more efforts to reach “a desirable point in relations.”

The British foreign secretary, for his part, said Iran had taken positive measures in the fight against terrorism and promoted regional peace and stability.

Johnson added that London did not regard Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as an appropriate move.

He said the JCPOA was a positive accord, which should be upheld in a way that the Iranian nation could take advantage of its economic benefits.

Johnson also expressed Britain’s willingness to participate in Iran’s investment projects.