News ID: 317843
Published: 0308 GMT November 12, 2021

EX-foreign secretary Hunt insists UK should pay debt to Iran

EX-foreign secretary Hunt insists UK should pay debt to Iran
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Former British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt

Former British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt urged the government in London to expedite efforts to settle an outstanding debt to Iran, saying the issue is affecting the relations between the two countries.

Speaking to the BBC Radio on Thursday, Hunt said that the payment of a £400m debt that Britain owes to Iran over an unfulfilled military equipment contract dating back to 1970s was not equivalent of a ransom as described by some anti-Iran figures in Britain.

Instead, Hunt said, that the failure to pay the long-overdue debt would damage relations between Iran and the UK, according to Press TV.

“... this is not ransom money. This is a debt. An international court has said so. The defence secretary has said so. We should pay it because it is an irritant to relations,” said the Conservative member of the British Parliament.

The comments came just before a meeting in London between UK Foreign Office officials and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani as the two sides prepare to return to talks aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

 

 

 

 

   
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