Jan 21, 2014, 8:08 PM
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British Foreign Secretary speaks to Iranian Foreign Minister

London, Jan 21, IRNA- British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday and welcomed the implementation of Geneva agreement, according to the UK Foreign Office.

"William Hague welcomes implementation of interim nuclear deal and reinforces need for a negotiated political transition in Syria", a Foreign Office spokesperson said.

“The Foreign Secretary spoke this afternoon to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. They discussed a number of issues, including the conflict in Syria, Iran’s nuclear programme and bilateral relations between our two countries".

“The Foreign Secretary welcomed the entry into force yesterday of the Joint Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme, describing it as an important milestone and a positive step towards addressing some of the most serious concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme", the spokesperson said.

"He reiterated to Foreign Minister Zarif the UK’s strong commitment to working with our E3+3 partners and Iran to achieve a full diplomatic resolution to this issue, and to beginning negotiations on a comprehensive settlement next month", the UK Foreign Office spokesperson added.

“Both Ministers welcomed visits by respective non-resident Chargés d’Affaires and agreed that bilateral relations should develop on a reciprocal and step-by-step basis”, according to the spokesperson.