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David Cameron calls Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

It was the first time in over a ten years that a British PM has called his counterpart in Tehran.
Nov 19th 2013, 8:35 PM 5,638 22

FOR THE FIRST time in more than a decade the British Prime Minister has called the Iranian counterpart.

The call by Prime Minister David Cameron to President Hassan Rouhani took place this afternoon ahead of nuclear negotiations in Geneva this week.

The office of the British Prime Minister said that the two leaders discussed the steps taken by President Rouhani since he took office including the appointment of new diplomatic staff by both sides last week.

The leaders also agreed that “significant progress” has been made on nuclear issues recently and that this must be continued in the talks in Geneva beginning tomorrow.

According to the Cameron’s office:

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,” the statement added.

There have been high level talks in recent weeks between Iranian officials and diplamots from a number of nations, including the US, as talks continue on a deal that would see Tehran curb its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

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