Iranian MP: UK Government Should Re-Open Iran’s Embassy in London
During the recent days, Iranian officials and politicians have repeatedly talked about the future of relations between Iran and United Kingdom in next few months. Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president-elect, is reportedly interested in establishing mutual ties with the government of UK.
National Security and Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Commission Spokesman MP Hossein Naghavi Hosseini says Islamic Republic is ready to establish positive ties with all countries except Israel. Late Ayatollah Khomeini had banned Iran from setting up official ties with Israeli government.
“In my opinion, UK government should re-open Iran’s embassy and consulates in London. Iran didn’t cut its ties with United Kingdom, but the UK government forced Iran to do that.” Hossein Naghavi Hosseini remarked during a press-conference at Tehran.
He believes that Western governments, especially U.S. and UK, have understood their past mistakes. “Now these countries are trying to re-establish their mutual relations with Iran. Of course, Islamic Republic has threatened the interests of U.S. and UK in the Middle East region.”
“I kindly recommend the UK government to announce its position clearly and publicly. As stated earlier, Islamic Republic of Iran is interested in establishing positive and constructive ties with all the countries.” The Member of Iranian Parliament added.
MP Hossein Naghavi Hosseini went on to declare that the UK government should stop pursuing its current hostile policies against Islamic Republic of Iran. “Unfortunately the UK government has made numerous problems for Iran with regard to nuclear case. The UK government has also played an important role in imposing economic embargoes on Iran. I do recommend them to think more about their measures against Iranian nationals.”
On 29 November 2011, a group of Basij forces attacked the UK embassy compound in Tehran, damaging property and driving the embassy staff away. In response to the attack, the UK closed its embassy in Tehran and ordered the Iranian embassy in London closed.