Prince Charles wants to visit Iran

Prince Charles says he wants to visit Iran.
Prince Charles says he wants to visit Iran.

Prince Charles says he wants to make an official visit to Iran.

"Yes, obviously I would like to [go to Iran]," he was quoted as saying in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper.

"I know that Iran has been such an important part of the world for so many centuries and has contributed so much to human knowledge, culture, poetry, art. I mean, really remarkable people."

Charles however declined to address the tensions relating to the crisis in the British monarchy sparked by Prince Harry, who is stepping down from his royal role with his wife Meghan, the paper said.

Prince Charles's wish to visit Iran comes at a time of heightened tensions between Tehran and the west.

A stand-off between the United States and Iran erupted into tit-for-tat military strikes this month, while Britain has called on Iran to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual nationals imprisoned there.

Charles told the Sunday Times he tries to be a peacemaker and that he has prayed for peace in the Middle East.

"I do think the most important thing is a just and lasting peace," he said in the interview, echoing comments he made on Friday during a visit to the Holy Land.

Australian Associated Press