MP questions Foreign Secretary on possible improvement in relations with Iran after their forthcoming election

20th May 2013

Following the Foreign Secretary’s statement to the Commons on the conflict in Syria, Brooks Newmark asks if the forthcoming elections in Iran may present an opportunity for us to “press the reset button” in our relations with Iran.

Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree) (Con): I have listened very carefully to what the Foreign Secretary has said, and I shall try to throw him another lifeline regarding Iran. Given that Iran is supplying arms, money, men and intelligence, does he agree that the elections in Iran in four weeks’ time, after which Mr Ahmadinejad will no longer be in place, may present an opportunity for us to press the reset button in our relations with Iran?

Mr Hague: I will give very short answers from now on, following your injunction, Mr Speaker. We must always have hope about elections in other countries, but I am not over-optimistic, let us say, about a major change on this issue, although we are open, of course, to an improvement in our relations with Iran in the right circumstances.

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