British Minister Visits Iran During Tour of Middle East

Andrew Murrison, the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, has visited Iran as part of a tour of the region. The visit comes at a challenging diplomatic time given allegations made by the British and Americans about the involvement of Iran in damaging oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

In a statement Murrison said:

“This visit has provided an important opportunity for open, frank and constructive engagement with the Iranian Government. In Tehran I was clear about the UK’s long-held concerns over Iran’s activities in the region.

I reiterated the UK’s assessment that Iran almost certainly bears responsibility for recent attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Such activity, which carries a high risk of miscalculation, needs to stop to allow for immediate de-escalation of rising tensions. And I was clear that the UK will continue to play its full part alongside international partners to find diplomatic solutions to reduce the current tensions.

I reiterated the UK’s determination to maintain the nuclear deal which is in our shared security interests. I was clear that Iran must continue to meet its commitments under the deal in full – including the limits imposed on its low-enriched uranium stockpile.

While in Tehran, I also pressed again on behalf of the UK Government for the urgent and unconditional release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and all British-Iranian dual nationals who are being arbitrarily detained.”