Iranian Election Brings Possibility of Rapprochement with UK

International legal consultant Dr. Shahram Shirkhani focuses his practice on helping companies in Iran do business with the international community. Dr. Shahram Shirkhani presently serves the International Law Firm of Shirkhani & Alavi as a partner and teaches at Islamic Azad University.

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom have greeted the election of a new Iranian president with cautious optimism. Iranian President-Elect Hassan Rowhani, who won just over 50 percent of the vote, is seen by many in the West as a moderate who may take steps to repair Iran’s relations with the rest of the world.

Rowhani has a history with Britain. He earned a Ph.D. at Glasgow Caledonian University and previously worked with UK officials as Iran’s nuclear negotiator. His election may lead to stronger relations between Iran and the United Kingdom. Since news broke of Rowhani’s win, former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has urged the United Kingdom to reopen its shuttered Iranian embassy, and multiple members of British Parliament have expressed increased openness to normalizing diplomatic relations with Iran in light of its new leadership.