Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, has underlined Iran’s importance in the region and also reiterated his country’s support for maintaining the JCPOA, the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
In a Sunday meeting in Tehran with Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, Johnson underscored the significant role Iran plays in settlement of regional crises and problems.
On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he said London attaches importance to maintaining the deal.
He also said that banking problems impeding trade ties between Iran and Britain are being removed gradually.
Salehi, for his part, elaborated on Iran’s principled policy of remaining committed to its undertakings, including those in the JCPOA, and stressed the need for Iran to see the deal’s tangible benefits.
During the meeting, the two sides also called for expansion of Tehran-London ties in various fields, including science, and discussed the latest regional developments.
Heading a diplomatic delegation, Johnson arrived in Tehran on Saturday morning and held meetings with a number of senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Iran and Britain moved to improve relations after finalization of the JCPOA, which came into force in January 2016.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)