British Finance Minister wants to send a trade mission to Iran

September 25, 2015, 2:46 PM UTC
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While the Republican presidential field is busy fighting over who hates Iran the most, European leaders are flocking to do business there.

In an interview with the Financial Times, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said that he wanted to take what might be “Britain’s biggest-ever trade delegation to Iran.”

“We can either sit on the sidelines, watch the world move ahead and gradually decline — plenty of other countries are taking that path — or we can get out there and plant our flag in the ground,” he told the FT.

Britain is following the lead of other countries which had been imposing U.S. led sanctions against Iran to punish it for a secret nuclear program that broke international treaties. France, for instance, sent a large trade delegation to Tehran this week.