|Hague to meet Iranian FM in New York: British Foreign Ministry||
TEHRAN – The British Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that Foreign Secretary William Hague will meet with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif later this month in New York, according to AFP.
“They will be meeting but we have no further details at this stage,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP, adding that the meeting would take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
According to the report, Britain first requested a meeting after the election of Iranian President Hassan Rohani in June.
Britain has not had a diplomatic presence in Iran since November 2011 when its embassy in Tehran was stormed by protestors, triggering one of the worst crises between the two countries since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. London and Tehran’s bilateral ties have since been downgraded but not fully severed.
Both sides have recently indicated they are open to restoring ties.
Britain is interested in reestablishing ties with Tehran, British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested last week, telling members of Parliament about the diplomatic gestures being made to Iran.
“We have effectively reached out to the Iranian government after the recent elections,” Cameron said. “And I have written to President Rohani, so we are prepared to start trying to have a relationship with them.”
The Fars News Agency also reported on Sunday that Rohani will hold a meeting with Hague on the sidelines of the UN meeting in New York.
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