Prime Minister’s bilateral meetings with President Goodluck Jonathan and President Rouhani at the UN
“The PM and President acknowledged that there had been significant differences between their countries in the past, and agreed that we should seek to progressively improve our bilateral relationship. They agreed that this would help build mutual trust and create the environment in which issues such as the future of Iran’s nuclear programme could be successfully addressed. They agreed that this was a critical moment in negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme, and that it was vital to seize the opportunity of securing a comprehensive agreement.
“The Prime Minister and President noted the threat posed to the whole region by ISIL, and agreed that all states in the region must do more to cut off support for all terrorist groups, including financial support. The Prime Minister welcomed the support the Iranian Government had given to the new Government of Iraq, and its efforts to promote more inclusive governance for all Iraqis. He argued that a similar approach was needed in Syria, to promote a transition to a new Government capable of representing all Syrians.
“The Prime Minister also raised the treatment of dual UK/Iranians nationals, in particular the case of Ms Ghoncheh Ghavami, underlining the impact that such cases had on Iran’s image in the UK.”
“The President thanked the Prime Minister for UK support in tackling Boko Haram. The Prime Minister set out that the UK would continue to look at what more it could do to help but that adhering to human rights was fundamental to our support.
“The PM expressed the UK’s interest in efforts to tackle oil theft in Nigeria and President Jonathan said his Government was working hard on this.
“Both leaders also agreed that the post 2015 development goals needed to be clear, concise and inspiring.
“On the upcoming elections in Nigeria, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to free and fair elections in 2015 and the President said they would build on the credibility of Nigerian electoral reform.
“The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to thank the President for the completion of the bilateral Prisoner Transfer Agreement.”