Iran and UK Confer on Bolstering Bilateral Ties

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday held a telephonic conversation with his UK counterpart Liz Truss, where the two sides agreed to bolster bilateral ties, and also discussed development in Vienna talks aimed at reviving Iran’s nuclear deal.

During the talks, Amir Abdollahian said that Iran is ready to sign a final deal if its “red lines” are minded, and hoped for US’s realistic approach to the talks with no more unfitting demands.

Iranian Students’ News Agency reported that the two officials also expressed satisfaction with the new development in relations, and called for the expansion of relations between the two countries.

The development made after Iran released British-Iranian dual nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori after spending years detained in Iran.

A charity worker, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in 2016 and a businessman, Ashoori was arrested in 2017 on charges of spying and plotting to overthrow the government of Iran – they denied accusations.

Iranian media said the releases came in exchange for UK repaying a debt of over $500 million that Tehran says it was owed.


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