British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday. This meeting in Tehran aimed to discuss the fate of Iranian-Iranians detained in Iran, the nuclear deal and the conflict in Yemen, while a draft resolution calling for a truce at the port of Hodeida was presented on the same day to the UN Security Council.
This is the first visit to the Iranian capital of a Western Foreign Minister since the United States withdrew unilaterally in May from the Iran International Nuclear Agreement, which was signed in 2015. AFP, MM. Hunt and Zarif made no public comments during their meeting.
The head of the British diplomacy, however, said on the BBC channel that ” we really want to move towards peace in Yemen. This is our number one priority right now. ” Peace negotiations are continuing under the auspices of the United Nations, notably in Sweden, to put an end to the war that has been raging in this country since 2014.
Iran, backed by Houthi rebels in their war against the Saudi-led coalition, is suspected of providing ballistic missiles and weapons to Houthi rebels. Mr. Hunt also said in a statement of his ” deep concern ” information ” in violation of Security Council resolutions .” Tehran has always denied providing them with weapons.
The discussions also focused on ” the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other binationals who are in prison [in Iran] and who should not be. We want to bring them home, “said Hunt, referring to a 39-year-old Iranian-British mother who has been imprisoned since April 2016. A Thomson Reuters employee linked to the news agency of the same name She was arrested in Tehran and sentenced in September 2016 to five years in prison. She is accused of participating in protests against power in 2009, which she denies. His sentence was confirmed on appeal in April 2017.
The nuclear deal, supposed to prevent Iran from acquiring atomic weapons, was also on the agenda, according to Hunt, who said he wanted to reaffirm London’s will to preserve it. This is as long as Iran abides by the terms, in order to circumvent US sanctions and allow Europeans to continue trading with the Islamic Republic.