President Hassan Rouhani of Iran received a phone call from British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday. The two heads of state discussed bilateral ties and other issues.
President Rouhani congratulated Mrs. May on her new positon as Prime Minister of Britain. Tehran-London have seen positive changes in relations since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Rouhani urged the British Prime Minister to improve banking transactions in favour of Iran with the rest of Europe which had remained unchanged. He asked for improvements in European and US banking practices in relation to Iran. “We believe openings in banking, insurance, and other financial improvements in post-JCPOA era are the right of Iran’s right,” said Rouhani, adding: “We want to see Britain play, as always, a stronger role in restoring confidence in Iran’s monetary and financial position.”
Rouhani then turned to the anti-terrorism campaign where Iran has played an important role. “The fight against terrorism and its aftermath in our region and across the world require coordination, cooperation and convergence of all countries,” he said, adding: “Tehran welcomes exchange of ideas with London.”
Theresa May for her part, highlighted Britain’s resolve in developing ties with Tehran in virtually all sectors, adding: “London has been working hard in implementing all aspects of JCPOA and will continue to accelerate the pace.” Change has been slow, she admitted and frustrating for Iran. “We will remain committed to JCPOA, on banking and insurance sectors,” she commented. “London supports working with Tehran and will persuade other EU banks to do likewise,” May concluded..