Tensions in Iran are said to have been ‘put at ease’ after Newry Independent Councillor Gavin Malone showed up at Qasem Soleimani’s funeral to present Iran President Hassan Rouhani with a box of Milk Tray.

Malone who was elected as an Independent Councillor is a popular figure amongst Newry elders as he pops up for photo opportunities with a box of Milk Tray weekly.

However this new venture into International Affairs took many by surprise.

A UN diplomatic spokesman told us:

“Basically we have been trying secretive back channel talks with allies in the US and Iran as well as senior Iraqi army personnel and then this man from Newry walks in with a £4 box of chocolates and literally gave peace in the Middle East.”

Councillor Malone who is continuing his world tour will visit Australia next where he will try and persuade wild fires to stop with more boxes Milk Tray.