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PM phone call with President Rouhani of Iran

David Cameron became the first British PM to call the Iranian President in more than a decade, ahead of next week's nuclear negotiations in Geneva.

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Prime Minister David Cameron calls Iranian President Rouhani

Following the phone call, a Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister became the first British Prime Minister to call the Iranian President in more than a decade today when he spoke to President Rouhani this afternoon, ahead of this week’s nuclear negotiations in Geneva.

The 2 leaders discussed the bilateral relationship between Britain and Iran welcoming the steps taken since President Rouhani took office, including the appointment of non-resident Charges d’Affaires last week. They agreed to continue efforts to improve the relationship on a step by step and reciprocal basis.

On Iran’s nuclear programme, both leaders agreed that significant progress had been made in the recent Geneva negotiations and that it was important to seize the opportunity presented by the further round of talks which get underway tomorrow. The Prime Minister underlined the necessity of Iran comprehensively addressing the concerns of the international community about their nuclear programme, including the need for greater transparency.

On Syria, there was agreement on the need for a political solution to end the bloodshed.

Published 19 November 2013