Iran's parliamentary delegation to visit London in near future
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 21
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
A delegation consisted of Iranian MP will travel to London before the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015).
MP Abbas Ali Mansouri said that one of the main goals of the visit is to reopen British embassy it Tehran, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on Dec. 21.
"The visit will take place before the end of the term of Britain's current parliament," he said.
British parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on May 7, 2015.
Mansouri, who is a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that expansion of parliamentary ties and addressing the problems of Iranian expatriates living in Britain are also among the other main topics of the negotiations between the two sides.
The Iranian parliamentary delegation was originally planned to visit London in November, but the trip was canceled following British Prime Minister David Cameron's remarks, which Iranian officials believe were anti-Iran.
On November 27, 2011, Iranian lawmakers voted by a large majority to downgrade diplomatic ties with the United Kingdom, in response to Britain's decision to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran over the allegation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Two days after the decision by the Iranian parliament, hundreds of Iranian students staged a protest outside the British Embassy in Tehran and pulled down the UK flag.
On November 30, 2011, London cut off its ties with Tehran, withdrew its diplomatic staff from Iran and the Iranian Embassy in London was closed.
Iran recalled all its staff and closed its embassy in London the same day Britain recalled its diplomatic mission in Tehran due to massive protests in front of the British embassy complex by thousands of Iranian students who demanded a cut of ties with London.