British Prime Minister Calls Iranian President

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses a news conference during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels October 25, 2013.

David Cameron became the first British Prime Minister to call the Iranian President in more than a decade, ahead of next week’s nuclear negotiations in Geneva. Cameron and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran discussed Iran’s nuclear weapons policy as well as overall relations between the two countries. At the end of the call, they agreed to continue efforts to improve their relationship.

Following the phone call, a Downing Street spokesperson said:

“On Iran’s nuclear programme, both leaders agreed that significant progress had been made in the recent Geneva negotiations and that it was important to seize the opportunity presented by the further round of talks which get underway tomorrow. The Prime Minister underlined the necessity of Iran comprehensively addressing the concerns of the international community about their nuclear programme, including the need for greater transparency.”

She added that on the topic of Syria, the two leaders agreed on the need to pursue a political solution in order to end the bloodshed.