The UK’s Business Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) is to lead Britain’s biggest-ever trade delegation to Iran for high-level economic and trade talks with Iranian officials, possibly as early as May.
Addressing a conference in London, the Minister said:
“It will see some of our leading companies seeking out new opportunities across the country.
“And it will give me the opportunity to talk face to face with Iranian officials and with Iranian business men and women, so we can remove some of the remaining barriers to trade between our countries …
“And trade opens doors. It provides a platform on which to build diplomatic relations. It creates influence and leverage when it comes to negotiation. And it builds a bulwark against political instability …
“For a thousand years British traders have reached out around the world and travelled where others feared to tread. As Iran opens up to the west, I want Britain in pole position. And I will be doing everything I can as Business Secretary to make it so.”
(Source: UK FCO)