PM phones Iranian president

David Cameron has become the first British Prime Minister to call an Iranian president in more than a decade after discussing nuclear talks with Hassan Rouhani this afternoon.

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Rouhani tweets about phone conversation with PM

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has summarised his phone conversation with the Prime Minister on Twitter:

PM and Rouhani 'agree on steps to improve relationship'

The two leaders discussed the bilateral relationship between Britain and Iran welcoming the steps taken since President Rouhani took office, including the appointment of non-resident Charges d’Affaires last week.

They agreed to continue efforts to improve the relationship on a step by step and reciprocal basis.

On Iran’s nuclear programme, both leaders agreed that significant progress had been made in the recent Geneva negotiations and that it was important to seize the opportunity presented by the further round of talks which get underway tomorrow.

The Prime Minister underlined the necessity of Iran comprehensively addressing the concerns of the international community about their nuclear programme, including the need for greater transparency.

– downing street spokesman

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