Iran: No intention to downgrade relations with the UK
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has told his Iranian peer that the UK has no intention of meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi Monday. “Miliband wrote a letter to Mottaki two days ago, and last night he had a phone conversation with him and he has stressed that UK’s intent is not interference in Iran’s affair, Foreign Minister has responded him that if there is such resolution in practice, it could be an appropriate basis and axis for arranging equations with Britain and rest of western countries,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference.
Over the UK embassy staff detention in Iran, he stated that no British diplomat has been arrested and the detainees are local personnel of the embassy. According to ISNA, he said that five of the nine personnel arrested have been released and the rest are being investigated. “What matters in this regard is that the issue is not related to diplomatic rights convention and the detainees are Iranian nationals who have been forced to break the law and they will be treated according to the law,” he said.
Additionally, Qashqavi dismissed Iran has moved to close embassies and downgrading ties with other countries.
Iran Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseini Ejehi announced Sunday that nine local employees of the British embassy who were videotaped in the post-election unrest and were “distinctly present at the scene of clashes” were detained.
Asked about EU Chief of Foreign Policy, Javier Solana’s comments about his readiness for nuclear talks with Iran the spokesman said, "what Solana said was about the G8 statement in which there is no mention of a timetable for talks and there is no new topic to be discussed in nuclear domain."
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced two days ago that Iranian nation accepts interaction and dialogue provided that other countries avoid interfering in the country’s affairs, he noted.
When asked about Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari’s comments that the Iranian riots will lead to insecurity in Iraq, he noted the two countries have "brotherly" ties and there are different comments but as a whole, the remarks are not considered to be negative.