Zionist Lobby Fails to Stop Cook's Visit to Tehran

Published June 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

British officials confirmed Friday that foreign secretary, Robin Cook, was going ahead with his planned visit to Tehran next month despite opposition from the Zionist lobby, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA).  

"The visit was still on schedule for July 4th," a foreign office spokesman told IRNA.  

The trip is considered to be groundbreaking, being the first by a British minister to Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.  

The original plan by Cook to visit Tehran in May was delayed due to Britain's preoccupation with the Zimbabwe crisis, said the agency. 

British ministers are reported to have been inundated with calls by the Zionist lobby for Britain to freeze all contacts with Iran because of the trial of Jewish spy suspects in Shiraz, said IRNA.  

The Board of Jewish Deputies in the UK followed up a public appeal by the Israeli ambassador to London, Dror Zeigerman, last month to cut all economic ties with Iran and for the further postpone Cook's visit, but without any sign of success, according to the agency.  

The Chronicle on Friday reported the foreign secretary again "dismissed suggestions that he should cancel his trip."  

In a continuing campaign in the British parliament, British ministers have answered demands from the Zionist lobby for the release of the Jewish spy suspects by referring to assurance from Iran that those arrested, which also includes Muslims, would receive a fair trial, according to the agency - Albawaba.com  

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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