Hammond: Zarif's visit to London symbol of warming ties
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reiterated that the visit of his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, the first in 10 years by an Iranian foreign minister, to London shows that the two countries' relations are being expanded, IRNA reported.
'The official visit by Iranian foreign minister, the first (by such high-level official of Iran) in the past 10 years is a symbol of warming (Tehran-London) relations,' Hammond wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.
The British foreign secretary said that during his meeting with Zarif they discussed bilateral ties and regional developments.
Earlier today, Zarif announced that Tehran and London will resume issuing visas for the two countries' citizens by March.
"In a meeting I had with my British counterpart earlier today, we agreed that the two countries start issuing visa for the ordinary citizens and ordinary passports within weeks," Zarif told reporters after his over 1 hour meeting with Hammond in London on Friday.
"We believe that this measure is a positive move for further exchanges between the two countries' people and we hope that it will be conducive to a better mutual understanding," he added.
On August 23, the British foreign secretary reopened Britain's embassy in Iran after four years of strained relations between Tehran and London.
Hammond arrived in Tehran in late August at the head of a high-ranking delegation to meet the Iranian officials and reopen the British embassy.
Upon arrival, he directly went to the British embassy and announced resumption of the mission's operation in an official ceremony.