Britain says ready to broker meeting with Iranian president

By REUTERS
September 15, 2013 20:05

LONDON - Britain said on Sunday it would be happy to set up a meeting between British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, but denied a suggestion from Tehran that such a meeting had already been arranged.

A tweet from Rouhani's English-language Twitter account earlier on Sunday had said such a meeting was happening on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month.

"Tehran has responded positively to (the) UK's request," the tweet read, saying Rouhani's meeting with Hague had been "confirmed".

A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office said a meeting between Hague and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York had long been scheduled, but she was not aware that a meeting with Rouhani was going to happen.

"We set up a meeting with the foreign minister," the spokeswoman said, saying Britain "would be happy" to look at brokering a meeting with the Iranian president too.


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