Britain says open to talks with Iran on a 'step-by-step' basis

By REUTERS
July 31, 2013 21:41

LONDON - Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday he was willing to meet his Iranian counterpart to discuss the two countries' frosty relationship, following the election of a new president in Iran.

Britain, at odds with Iran over its nuclear program and other issues, shut its embassy in Tehran after what it called "an attack by government-sponsored militias" on the mission in November 2011. Iran's embassy in London was also closed.The Foreign Office said in a statement that Hague was ready to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to discuss relations on a "step-by-step" and a "reciprocal" basis.

He also stressed the need for urgent progress to resolve international concerns about Iran's nuclear program.


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