Patrick Mercer and David Wilshire visit Iran

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The four-day visit was packed with meetings and activities. These included talks with Iranian parliamentarians and the Foreign Ministry, a briefing with Geoffrey Adams, the British Ambassador and informal meetings with members of the business community.

Patrick Mercer was keen to visit the cemetery of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Iran-Iraq war, which was also combined with a visit to the Shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Some of the key issues discussed during the delegation’s meetings included the situation in Afghanistan, drugs trafficking, human rights and the Western media’s portrayal of Iran.

In an effort to ensure that the visit was not limited to official meetings, the delegation spent a few hours in the main bazaar of Tehran and enjoyed a traditional lunch amongst the hustle and bustle of the market goers.

The visit was concluded with a trip into the Tochal telecabins, which lead from North Tehran up into the mountains. Spectacular vistas of the city could be seen and the fresh mountain air left the delegates energized for their return back to London.

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