Araqchi: UK must step forward for resuming relations

Young journalists club

News ID: 1827
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 14:43 - 05 August 2013
Tehran, YJC. Iran says that as it stopped diplomatic relations, the UK must be the one also to step forward in their resumption.

Providing comments on William Hague’s recent phone call to Aliakbar Salehi, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran said "It was UK that brought relations to a halt, so if they would like to reinstate the relations it is they who must step forward.”

 Speaking with Fars news agency, Abbas Araqchi pointed to the Majlis act in 2011 in reducing the country’s relations with the UK to the level of charge d'affaires and said that the relations were disrupted by the UK and it is responsible in reinstating them.

"Stepping forward itself takes changing their outlooks and behavior. The Iranian government must make sure that there are benefits in the revival of relations,” he maintained.

Araqchi stated that as shown by Jack Straw expressing willingness to visit Iran, and by Hague’s phone call, the UK is willing to resume relations with Iran, emphasizing his previous statement that if Straw would like to make a change in Iran-UK relations he must start from London. 

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