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I fly out to Iran an hour after the Royal Navy captives return to Britain. How will the Iranians receive me?

By Robert Jackson   May 2007

Thursday 5th April

We arrive at Heathrow for our long-planned trip to Iran an hour or so after the Royal Navy “captives” fly in from Tehran. It will be interesting to see how British visitors to Iran are regarded. My previous visit, in 1999, was as a member of a parliamentary delegation, trying to promote détente, and we were pretty coolly received in Tehran.

On the Iran Air flight, I watch the Iranian film, with subtitles. This is an “Upstairs-Downstairs”-style comedy, starring a lovable but ridiculous manservant, and the efforts of the family in which he is employed to marry…

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