Spokesman Blasts UK Foreign Secretary for Harsh Tweets against Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh blasted the UK government for not paying its debts to Iran that have been delayed for over 40 years, and said that British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss should resort to practical measures instead of releasing harsh tweets.
"Harsh tweets-contrary to IRL tone-may fetch headlines. But slogans can never replace lawful verdicts issued by courts. As FM @Amirabdollahian has made clear, UK must adopt long overdue change its approach," Khatibzadeh tweeted.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urged the UK take action towards repaying its debts to Iran.
The meeting was held on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th Session in New York.
Britain owes as much as £400m to Iran arising from the non-delivery of Chieftain tanks ordered by Iran's former monarchical regime. An international arbitration in 2008 ruled the UK owed the debt.
Rebuilding of the bilateral ties took serious action, Amir Abdollahian asserted, urging London to note that taking such action on its obligations constituted the only means of reconstructing the relations.
Tehran responds proportionately to any positive and constructive step, he, meanwhile, pledged.
Truss, for her part, alleged that the UK was prepared to repay the debt.