No Expansion of Ties with Britain Unless Cameron Apologizes: Iran's Parliament
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is against broader Tehran-London relations unless British Prime Minister apologizes to Iran.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the commission said expansion of ties with Britain is not advisable unless David Cameron apologizes for his anti-Iran comments at the UN General Assembly.
The statement described Cameron’s comments as yet another indication of the enmity of ‘the front of falsehood’ against Iran.
In his UN address, Cameron said that Iran should change its policies regarding “support for terrorist organizations, its nuclear program, (and) its treatment of its people.”
It has drawn criticism by Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, who slammed on Monday the comments as “incorrect and unacceptable.”
Tehran-London relations became tense three years ago. On November 27, 2011, a large majority of Iranian lawmakers voted to downgrade diplomatic ties with Britain, following Britain's decision to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran.
Later, a group of angry Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran and pulled down that country’s flag.
Following the incident, Britain withdrew its diplomatic staff from the country on November 30 and asked Iran’s diplomatic delegation in London to leave within 48 hours.
Iran and Britain agreed in October last year to appoint non-resident chargé d’affaires as a first step toward reopening their respective embassies.