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Rouhani in the Big Apple and Congress’s procedural maze

The detente between Iran and the west might be overshadowed by the Congressional wrangle on debt and Obamacare

By Jay Elwes  

Iranian President in the Big Apple

Yesterday at the United Nations, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, met his Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Javad Zarif. Their discussions covered Syria and Iran’s nuclear programme.

There will be other meetings of senior British government officials at the UN in the coming days. The question that arises from this is whether, finally, a thaw is under way between Iran and the west.

After President Hassan Rouhani won the August election in Iran, David Cameron wrote offering congratulations and expressing the hope that his election would “present an opportunity to improve relations between our two countries.”…

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