Jack Straw said that after Rouhani's electoral victory, he has been able to send a congratulation message to him via the Embassy of Oman as Iran and UK’s embassies were down for unhealthy relations.
Straw expressed his hopes that relations between the two countries grow and embassies are reopened.
He said that from his meetings with the former Iranian negotiator he knew Rouhani to be- a prestigious politician who had a clear idea of matters under discussion and always knew what he talked about.
He expressed pity for not having reached a decent understanding with Iran during the Khatami administration which, he believed, caused great problems for the country in the 8 years that followed.
Straw also pointed to his visits to Tehran during the Khatami administration in the wake of the 9/11 event and said that the reason for his first trip to Tehran had been Khatami’s promise that Tehran would help the US and UK in fighting Taliban.