As he is leading a delegation of British MPs to Tehran, the former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw held a meeting with the head of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce Qolamhossein Shafei.
In this meeting Straw pointed to the two country’s relations dating back long ago and maintained that at some points the relations have had to grow somehow murky.
Referring to the new political vibe of the post-presidential election Iran and the rise of the 11th administration to power, the British lawmaker said that things are favorable to strengthen economic bonds between the two countries.
The Iranian official in turn said "The favorable conditions have attracted many initiatives from Western countries for launching economic relations.”
"Under the current circumstances the chamber believes that the economic diplomacy must aid the political,” he further added.
He also pointed to the sanctions as an inhuman act which nobody welcomes.
Jack straw also stressed UK’s urge to remove the sanctions as soon as possible, maintaining that doing so will need a multilateral process.
He also stated that his team will try to resolve problems regarding visa and the reopening of the UK Embassy in Iran.
Also, Lord Lamont, the former chancellor of the exchequer who was accompanying the British team expressed happiness over the Iranian Oil Ministry’s invitation of two British oil companies, as well as requests by two UK pharmaceutical companies for room in the Iranian market.