UK to build relations with Iran

The UK is to take steps towards re-opening its embassies in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

Hague: 'Bi-lateral relationship needs to be reciprocal'

William Hague has said Iranian and UK officials will meet for a second time in Geneva next week. The Foreign Secretary added that it is understood on both sides that a "bi-lateral relationship needs to proceed on a step-by-step and reciprocal basis".

This includes discussion of numbers of and conditions for locally-engaged staff in the embassy premises of each country and visits to inspect these premises.

We must not forget for a moment that as things stand today, Iran remains in defiance of six Security Council resolutions and multiple resolutions of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors and is installing more centrifuges in its nuclear facilities.

In the absence of change to these policies, we will continue to maintain strong sanctions.

– Foreign Secretary William Hague

Hague moves to towards re-opening embassies in Iran

The UK is to take steps towards re-opening its embassies in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. Mr Hague hinted the UK and United States would be willing to look again at sanctions against Iran if its leadership was prepared to review its nuclear programme.

Foreign Secretary William Hague. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He told MPs in a statement to the House of Commons that both Iran and the UK would appoint charges d'affaires as part of efforts to broker better bilateral relations.

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Hague to appoint a diplomat to build relations with Iran

Addressing the House of Commons on the Middle East, Foreign Secretary William Hague said he will appoint a non-resident chargé d’affaires tasked with building relations with Iran.

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.@williamjhague: We must test Iranian Government’s sincerity to the full, and it is important our channels of communication are open #Iran

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.@williamjhague: @jzarif & I agreed both countries will appoint a non-resident chargé d’affaires tasked with building relations #Iran 1/2

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.@williamjhague: This will include interim steps on the way towards eventual re-opening of both our Embassies #Iran 2/2