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Human rights, nuclear weapons and Syria were all on the agenda when Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn visited Iran last week.

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The MP, who is a member of the cross party group on Iran as well as an elected member of the Stop The War Coalition, joined former Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw, Tory ex-chancellor Norman Lamont and Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North Ben Wallace on the first parliamentary visit to the country in six years.

Among the aims of the four day talks at Parliament in Teheran was the re-opening of diplomatic relations through the British Embassy in the city, which has been closed since November 2011 when it was stormed by protesters.

Mr Corbyn said: “The embassy needs to be re-opened to allow those living in the UK to travel to see family members without having to go through Turkey.

“I hear all the time from the Iranian Dispora living in Islington, often students who are struggling to get funds from the bank or those who wish to visit very ill relatives in Iran.”

Over the course of the four days human rights issues surrounding the use of the death penalty in the country were discussed as well as nuclear weaponry.

The MP, who has long been an advocate of peace with Iran, said that re-opening diplomacy with the country was crucial.

“We need to realise Iran has an enormous history and has a vital role to play in talks over the war in Syria.

“We will be sending another delegation in the next few months.”

The group reported back to foreign secretary William Hague on Wednesday (January 15).

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