John Baron MP presses Foreign Secretary over Iran

October 8, 2013

MP says wide-ranging talks should start immediately

Today the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon William Hague MP, made a statement on Syria and Iran in the House of Commons. John Baron MP pressed for the need to minimise preconditions, and urged the Foreign Secretary to explore as soon as possible a wide range of issues with his Iranian counterparts.

John asked,

“I congratulate the Foreign Secretary on the appointment of a Chargé d’affaires to help build relations with Iran. However, I urge him to minimise any preconditions to talks, and suggest that there is a huge opportunity here to explore a wide range of issues and conflicts in the region, given the extent of Iran’s involvement.”

The Foreign Secretary responded that the intention was to build on talks without preconditions, but that the Government would judge the Iranian régime on concrete actions. He agreed that Iran’s status as a regional power meant that it could be the key to a number of solutions.

John said afterwards,

“Iran and the West have missed many opportunities to improve relations. We need to learn from those mistakes, and gradually build a better relationship. The prize could be enormous across the Middle East.”

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