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UK-Iran Relations

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

As I am sure that the hon. Gentleman knows, there are a number of sanctions already in place—mainly those that cover the Iranian banking system and the movement of capital through this country. Those are the most important ones in my opinion.

My hon. Friend the Minister is no doubt fully aware of the part that Iran can play in our struggle in Afghanistan. It is rather ironic that we need the good offices of that country at the present time.

Iran is playing a role in Iraq. There is no question about it. I would not say that it was an entirely benign one. We know that there are guns and ammunition that have already been taken into Afghanistan, in a curious relationship between the Iranian Government—or at least some part of the Iranian Government—and perhaps al-Qaeda groupings in Afghanistan. I agree with my hon. Friend that it is important that we keep a close eye on that situation to ensure that it does not develop any further.