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Iranian Oil Minister Planning to Visit Britain

Economy - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh plans to pay an official visit to London on expansion of cooperation with the British and other European oil and gas companies, a British source said.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Norman Lamont announced the news on the sidelines of a visit to Iran earlier this month by a British delegation, headed by Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

Iranian officials have not confirmed the news yet.

Earlier this month, Straw, who had traveled to Iran ahead of a high-ranking parliamentary delegation, underlined that London wants economic sanctions against Iran lifted but the issue requires mutual talks and signing of some Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).

This delegation would try to resolve visa issuance and reopen British embassy in Iran, he said.

Straw stressed that his present visit to Iran is aimed at mending relations with the Islamic Republic.

“This is true that the two countries’ relations have had ups and downs in the past, but our efforts are now surely aimed at improving the relations within the framework of mutual interests,” Straw said in a meeting with Head of Iran-Britain Parliamentary Friendship Group Abbas Ali Arani in Tehran at the time.

Straw reiterated that the Iranian and British parliaments play an important role in mending the two countries’ relations.

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