Tehran, Iran, August 23
By Mehdi Sepahvand, Trend:
Iran is a large power in the region with large economy, British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on August 23.
Iran has a large economy, so it is in everyone's interest that Iran remains engaged, the British foreign secretary said. He added that Iran has responsibility in favor of regional stability.
When asked about the protest against reopening his country's embassy in Tehran, Hammond answered "as my mother told me sticks and stones may break my bones but words don't hurt me."
Hammond also stated that while areas of disagreement remain between Iran and Britain, they will focus on "areas of interest and mutual benefits" between the two countries.