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Senior Lawmaker: Iranian MPs Not to Travel to UK In Case of Fingerprinting

TEHRAN, May 17, 2014 (FNA)- A prominent Iranian legislator cautioned that the countrys lawmakers will not travel to Britain if London announces plans to fingerprint them upon their arrival.


"We will not travel to London in case of finger-printing," Head of Iran-Britain Parliamentary Friendship Group Abbasali Mansouri Arani told FNA on Saturday. He reiterated that the British lawmakers did not undergo the fingerprinting procedure when they visited Iran and the UK should follow suit and show the same diplomatic respect.

Mansouri Arani further noted that the exact date of a visit by the Iranian parliamentary delegation to Britain is not known yet. In October 2013, Iran and Britain agreed to announce the names of their non-resident charges daffaires. In a meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York City on September 23, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his British counterpart William Hague discussed improvement of Tehran-London relations, Irans nuclear energy program as well as regional developments.

On November 27, 2011, Iranian lawmakers voted by a large majority to downgrade diplomatic ties with the United Kingdom, in response to Britains decision to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran over the allegation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Two days after the decision by the Iranian parliament, hundreds of Iranian students staged a protest outside the British Embassy in Tehran and pulled down the UK flag. On November 30, 2011, London cut off its ties with Tehran, withdrew its diplomatic staff from Iran and the Iranian Embassy in London was closed.

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