British PM makes first call to Iranian President
British Prime Minister David Cameron has held a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in the first such call between a UK premier and an Iranian president in more than a decade, Press TV reported.
A Downing Street spokesman said on Tuesday that Rouhani and Cameron discussed a wide range of issues, including the forthcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers in the Swiss city of Geneva.
"On Iran's nuclear program, 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 under way tomorrow," the spokesman said.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany will resume their next round of talks on Wednesday.
Rouhani and Cameron also discussed the situation in Syria during the phone conversation.
"On Syria, there was agreement on the need for a political solution to end the bloodshed," the spokesman added.
"The two leaders discussed the bilateral relationship between Britain and Iran... They agreed to continue efforts to improve the relationship on a step by step and reciprocal basis," Downing Street said.
The two also discussed ways to create a positive atmosphere to address their mutual concerns.
In addition, Cameron expressed regret over Tuesday's terrorist attack outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut, where at least 23 people, including Iran's cultural attaché Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari, were killed and more than 140 injured in two bomb explosions.
On November 13, Britain declared the decision to revive diplomatic ties with Iran by appointing a non-resident charge d'affaires.
The UK's new charge d'affaires for Iran, Ajay Sharma, named by the Foreign Office, is expected to visit the country later this month. Iran has also appointed Mohammad Hassan Habibollah as its charge d'affaires for the UK.