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Iran: Foreign Relations

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the circumstances and nature of the démarche by the Iranian government to the UK ambassador in Tehran on 12 May 2008 were; what response the Government made; and if he will make a statement. (207509)

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Safari called in our ambassador in Tehran on 12 May. He raised a number of ongoing bilateral issues, including the recent Court of Appeal judgment on the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK). Mr. Safari expressed concern about the verdict and gave an account of terrorist acts which the MeK had committed over the years. Our ambassador took note and handed over a copy of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's statement on the judgment, which set out the Government's position on the verdict.