Spokeswoman Rejects Reports on Iranian-British Officials’ Talks on Israel
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham rejected media reports on talks between Iranian and British officials about Iran’s attitude towards the Zionist regime of Israel during a recent visit to Tehran by Britain’s foreign secretary.
Speaking on Tuesday, Afkham denied any change in Iran’s stance on the Zionist regime.
Pointing to Philip Hammond’s visit to Tehran, Afkham said that the visit came within the framework of the policy of constructive interaction and based on the mutual respect between the two countries.
She said London is expected to make up for mistakes of its past policies toward Iran.
The Iranian spokeswoman said in addition to reviewing bilateral cooperation, the British foreign secretary and the Iranian officials discussed the latest regional and international crises.
“During the meeting, our country’s authorities elaborated on our country’s principled and firm stances on the international developments which calls for all-out confrontation against terrorism, occupation and extremism.”
Earlier and in the meeting with Hammond, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to dialogue and interaction as the best approach to deal with the differences between Tehran and London.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday evening, Zarif said Iran and Britain do have different views about certain issues.
However, he added, Iran believes that the best option to settle those differences would be dialogue, interaction and mutual understanding.
The top Iranian diplomat then highlighted the shared views of the two countries when it comes to the implementation of a lasting deal on Iran’s nuclear program or the fight against extremism and narcotics trafficking.
Tehran and London also have similar views on the “opportunities for economic cooperation brought by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” Zarif noted.
He further voiced Tehran’s readiness to hold talks with London on issues about which the two countries’ views differ.