Jul 21, 2014, 6:58 PM
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MP: Majlis welcomes upgrading relations with Britain

Tehran, July 21, IRNA - Majlis Representative and member of Iran-Britain Parliamentary Friendship Group Nader Ferreidouni said on Monday that the government calls for upgrading relations with Britain and enjoys the support of the parliament.

He said that the government is willing to enhance the level of relations with Britain to ambassadorial level.

He made clear in the meantime that Iran under no circumstances Iran will form relations with the occupying regime of Tel Aviv due to the Zionist regime's lack of legitimacy.

He said that Iranian diplomatic relations with Britain, France and Germany will be acceptable by the time they refrain from damaging the Iranian national interests.

He criticized the British government for unacceptable policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran over the past three years orchestrating the European Union illegal oil and shipping sanctions and the European Union Court ruling afterwards on annulment of the sanctions after Iran challenged the foundation of such sanctions.

He recalled the former decision of the parliament urging the then government to downgrade relations with the United Kingdom in reaction to orchestrating the EU sanctions.

He said that the Iranian expatriates living in the United Kingdom and the Iranian students studying in the UK universities are in need of consular services so that the government, the parliament and the Supreme Leader are in favor of upgrading relations with Britain at ambassador's level.

Referring to the visit of Britain-Iran parliamentary friendship group to Iran led by Jack Straw several months ago, he said they have very good and positive views on Iran.

The deeds and behaviors of the British government will be regarded as the yardstick to justify expansion of relations between the two countries, he said.

He said that Britain has an unacceptable record in Iran in terms of foreign policy and diplomacy, but fortunately, in recent months the government adopted a flexible stance about the nuclear dispute.

If the stand adopted by Britain about the nuclear dispute becomes practical, there is no doubt that it will help re-open the Embassy, he said.