ID : N-808 Date : 2017/12/09 - 14:29
(Persia Digest) – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has landed in Tehran for meetings with his Iranian counterpart and other officials.
He will initially meet with Iran’s FM Javad Zarif, followed by a meeting with Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.
It is also expected that he will meet with President Rouhani and the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran during his trip.
Earlier, “The Guardian” newspaper quoted Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband as saying that on his trip to Iran, the British Foreign Secretary will try to meet with the country’s Head of the Judiciary to discuss his wife’s case.
Another issue expected to be brought up at the meetings is the topic of 450 million pounds paid to the UK by Iran for the purchase of Chieftain tanks over four decades ago, which were never delivered.
Prior to his visit, Johnson had indicated that the crisis in Yemen, the sustained support of the UK for the JCPOA 2015 Iran nuclear agreement with world powers, and certain misapprehensions by the UK over Iran’s activities in the region will be on the agenda.
The UK Foreign Secretary had reiterated: “Although UK-Iran relations resumed in 2011, some issues still remain to be discussed and agreed upon.”
Hamid Baeedinejad, Iranian Ambassador to the UK, has called Johnson’s trip to Iran as the first of its kind in recent years by a UK Foreign Secretary for comprehensive bilateral and multilateral discussions about the region.
In his meeting with Iran’s top diplomat Javad Zarif, Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Secretary stated that the Iran 2015 nuclear agreement officially known as the JCPOA is very valuable to the UK and stressed on his country’s commitment to its full implementation.
He also called for the expansion of ties between Iran and the UK and the continuation of dialogue to manage key issues.
At his meeting with Iran’s Secretary for the supreme national security council, the UK Foreign Secretary reiterated his country’s opposition to the US President’s decision to moving the US embassy to Bethlehem and recognizing it as Israel’s capital. He added: “Unilateral measures will make the peace process very difficult.”
Johnson emphasized that the UK had no plans to move its embassy to Bethlehem and reiterated that the mission will remain in Tel Aviv.