British FM arrives in Tehran for talks with Iranian leadership
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Sunday arrived in Tehran to appeal for Iran's help in easing security problems in post-war Iraq, AFP reported
He was also expected to give harsh warnings over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program and its opposition to the Middle East "roadmap" to peace.
Straw's fourth visit to Tehran in less than two years, was also inclined to cover human rights issues in the wake of anti-regime protests.
On Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said Straw's visit was part of constant contacts between Tehran and London, stressing that he will debate all issues of mutual concern at regional and international levels with Iranian officials.
He also said that Iran will inform the British Foreign Secretary about Iran's position to the effect that occupation troops must leave the Iraqi territory "at once".
Asefi also said that Iran stresses avoiding a selective approach toward terrorism, and adopting a transparent mechanism to deal with the issue.
"Tehran believes that uprooting terrorism will only succeed through the cooperation of all members of the international community and as a result of a collective effort," he said. (Albawaba.com)
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