Tehran, Iran, August 23
By Temkin Jafarov, Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran attaches high significance to relations with Britain, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond in Tehran, Trend correspondent in Tehran reported August 23.
Relations with the European Union are significant to Iran, and Britain is a big factor there. Iran appreciates the present opportunity to restart relations with Britain, Zarif said.
"A new chapter of relations has started which is to be based on mutual respect and constructive cooperation,"
Zarif said, the two countries have disagreements that can be resolved through dialogue.
"There are shared viewpoints as well, such as making sure about the sound implementation of the JCPOA," he asserted.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the official name given to the Iranian nuclear deal reached on July 14.
There are also shared views to joint efforts in fighting regional extremism and drugs harvesting and trafficking, and also to try to improve mutual economic relations, Zarif further said.
He noted that talks between the two sides are needed on issues such as regional developments and human rights.
Hammond's agenda in Tehran is both political and economic. Earlier in the day, he reopened the British Embassy in Tehran.
The British and Iranian embassies reopened simultaneously after four years of deadlocked diplomatic relations.
In 2011, Britain closed its embassy in Tehran after Iranian students stormed its premises and took down the British flag.
At the time Tehran said the students blamed Britain for having stirred opposition in the wake of the disputed 2009 presidential elections.
Despite reopening the embassies, the two countries will continue their diplomatic relations at the charges d'affaires level.
Hammond is also leading a trade delegation to Tehran in line with Britain's attempts to catch up with other European countries that have already sent many economic delegations to Iran seeking a place in the post-sanctions Iranian market.
Edited by CN