January 7, 2014
UK-Iranian ties thaw after storming of embassy as Straw leads MPs to Tehran (Saeed Kamali Dehghan, theguardian.com)
A four-member parliamentary delegation from the UK has travelled to Tehran in the first such visit to Iran in five years as long-strained bilateral ties improve under the administration of President Hassan Rouhani.Members of the all-party parliamentary group on Iran, led by the former foreign secretary Jack Straw, were due to arrive in Tehran on Monday after being invited by their counterparts in the Iranian parliament, the Majlis. They plan to meet senior Iranian officials and hope to arrange a reciprocal visit to London by Iranian MPs.The visit comes a month after Britain's newly appointed chargé d'affaires, Ajay Sharma, travelled to Iran in a first diplomatic visit by a UK envoy since London withdrew all staff from Tehran after the storming of its embassy in 2011.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2014 4:34 AM