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UK parliamentary team to visit Iran on January 7: MP

Source: Press TV

A British parliamentary delegation led by former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is scheduled to visit Iran on January 7, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

"The British parliamentary delegation, led by Jack Straw, is due in Tehran on January 7," Head of the Iran-Britain Parliamentary Friendship Group at Iran's Majlis Abbasali Mansouri Arani said on Monday.

The Iranian lawmaker said the British delegation will hold talks with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Majlis Alaeddin Boroujerdi and other senior Iranian officials.

Iranian non-resident Charge d'affaires to Britain Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzadeh said on Friday that the British delegation will comprise of four lawmakers.

The visit comes at the invitation of the Iran-Britain Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Earlier in December, Britain's new non-resident Charge d'affaires to Iran Ajay Sharma visited Tehran to hold consultations with Iranian officials and reopen Britain's mission in the Islamic Republic.

Sharma was the first British diplomat to travel to Iran since ties between Tehran and London were severed in 2011.

Iran and Britain agreed in October to appoint non-resident charges d'affaires as a first step toward reopening their respective embassies.

The development followed a September meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and British Foreign Secretary William Hague in New York, during which they discussed ways to improve Tehran-London ties based on mutual respect.

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