British Prime Minister David Cameron is to hold historic talks on combating ISIS with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani – the first meeting of British and Iranian leaders since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Cameron will meet Rouhani at the United Nations in New York this week, although Downing Street has not disclosed any further details.
The meeting represents a further thaw in the relationship between the two countries since Rouhani came to power in 2013. While the UK still expresses concerns regarding Iran’s human rights record, it has reopened the Iranian embassy in the UK and agreed to restart diplomatic talks.
The meeting comes as the United States along with a number of allies in the Middle East launched the first air strikes against militant jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), who have taken control of swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq in the past few months.