UK Pleased With Rouhani’s Reelection

UK Pleased With Rouhani’s ReelectionUK Pleased With Rouhani’s Reelection

A senior British diplomat said his country is very satisfied with the extension of President Hassan Rouhani’s mandate for another four years in the May vote, believing that it would help strengthen bonds with Tehran.

“With JCOPA, we have tested Iran and saw its positive attitude, and in this atmosphere it is possible to develop  relations,” UK’s Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt said in a talk with ICANA on Tuesday.

He used an abbreviation for the 2015 nuclear deal involving Iran and world powers, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The British diplomat was in Iran at the head of a delegation to attend the inauguration ceremony for Rouhani on Saturday. Also in attendance were officials from France, Germany, Russia and China, which along with the US are signatories to the nuclear pact. EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, who headed the other side of the Iran deal during two years of negotiations, also attended the ceremony.

Their presence was widely interpreted to signal their willingness to save the accord, which is bitterly criticized by the controversial US President Donald Trump who is deeply antagonistic toward Iran.


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