Jan 7, 2014, 6:41 PM
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UK urged to lift arbitrary sanctions on Iran

Tehran, Jan 7, IRNA – Lifting sanctions on Iranian banking and shipping sectors, facilitation of visa issuance for Iranian traders and reopening of insurance services for Iranian transport are main factors to prepare the ground for normalizing Iran-UK ties, said head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture on Tuesday.

Gholam-Hossein Shafei made the remarks in a meeting with visiting British parliamentary delegation led by former foreign secretary Jack Straw.

The UK parliamentary delegation is on a three-day visit to Iran to discus issues of mutual interest with senior Iranian officials.

Referring to longstanding relations between Iran and the UK, Shafei said with the new political atmosphere and formation of new Iranian government under President Hassan Rouhani, it seems that time is ripe for expansion of economic relations between Tehran and London.

Imposition of sanctions on Iran has inflicted losses on both the Iranian and the British businessmen, Shafei said, expressing hope that the British chairman of Iran-UK Chamber of Commerce would pay a visit to Iran in the future at the head of a trade delegation.

Iran is ready to to remove misunderstanding with goodwill, Shafei said, but expects its confidence-building measures to be reciprocated by the other side.

The co-chairman of Iran-UK Parliamentary Friendship group, Jack Straw, for his part, said that the UK parliamentary delegation is seeking to remove sanctions on Iran as soon as possible.

Straw said that the delegation will do every effort to solve the problem of visa issuance and reopening of British Embassy in Iran.

In the meantime, another member of the British delegation and chairman of Iran-UK Chamber of Commerce, Norman Lamont, expressed hope that Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West would yield good results.

Geneva deal struck on November 24 between the two sides envisaged easing sanctions on insurance services for transport and shipping, he said, hoping for an immediate implementation of the deal.

The British Commerce official called for removal of sanctions on Iranian banking system.

He said that Iranian oil minister's invitation for two British companies to cooperate with Iran is of special significance to the UK.

The four-man British delegation is composed of lawmakers from the country's two main political parties, the Labor and the Conservative.