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Iran considers limiting UK ties

Amid calls for downgrading relations with Britain, the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran’s Parliament says it is looking into its options.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have expressed their views regarding the proposal to reduce diplomatic relations with London, commissioner Hossein Ebrahimi told Fars News Agency on Monday.

He added that the commission is currently debating the issue, having held negotiations with certain influential bodies.

The outcome will be reported to commission.

Earlier in February, interference by some British officials in events surrounding Iran’s June 12 presidential election prompted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for limiting ties with Britain.

After the presidential election, British officials made a series of interfering comments regarding the country’s internal affairs that drew sharp criticism from the government in Tehran.

The ensuing developments prompted the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) to propose a resolution to reconsider ties with Britain. The bill has received widespread support both in the government and across the country.

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