#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – September 23 – David Cameron is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani BBC news reported.
The New York meeting comes after the US and its allies began air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria, but the proposed nature of Iranian action is unclear.
It will be the first time a UK prime minister has met an Iranian president since the Iran’s revolution in 1979.
The UK government said it had not joined Syria strikes “yet”, but debate may begin in Parliament this week.
BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said there was a “very strong likelihood” that Parliament would be recalled from recess “within the next few days” to sanction any British military action.
Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said should Labour be asked to consider the case for action, it would apply the same criteria it did when asked about British military intervention against the Syrian regime, which was rejected by MPs last year.
But Mr Umunna told BBC Radio 4’s Today he thought the public made a distinction between the threat posed by IS and that of Syria.
“This is not a party political issue,” he said. “IS need to be eliminated. They are an evil organisation.“
Mr Cameron and Mr Rouhani spoke by phone in November, but the talks later will be their first face-to-face meeting.
The PM was likely to set out “direction and options” during his speech at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, a government source told BBC News.
BBC correspondent Nick Bryant said relations between the UK and Iran had “thawed considerably” in recent months.