Iranian parliamentary delegation plans Britain visit

An Iranian parliamentary delegation plans to visit Britain soon, an Iranian lawmaker said on Sunday.
The Iranian delegation will be visiting at the invitation of former British foreign minister Jack Straw, who heads the Britain-Iran parliamentary friendship group, Iranian parliament member Abbasali Mansouri told Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.
Straw visited Tehran with a group of British parliament members in January.
Mansouri, who is a member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that the visit would take place soon and before the next British parliamentary elections scheduled next year, scheduled on May 7.
“Addressing the problems facing Iranian expatriates living in Britain, the expansion of parliamentary ties, and pursuing the problems in line with reopening the British embassy [in Tehran] within the framework of international law, are among issues at the top of the agenda during the delegation’s visit to Britain,” he said, according to the report.
Britain said in June it was planning to re-open its embassy in Tehran, but according to Britain’s government website,, the embassy remains closed.
 The trip, which was originally planned for November, was cancelled because of “anti-Iran” comments by British Prime Minister David Cameron at the UN General Assembly, added Mansouri.
Meanwhile, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar praised Iran for its support at a rally in Gaza marking the 27th anniversary of the movement, he was quoted as saying by the New Orient News, Tasnim reported.
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