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Britain Revives Ties With Iran, Two Years After Embassy Attack

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 09:43 AM

 

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LONDON — Britain said on Monday it had revived diplomatic relations with Iran and appointed a non-resident charge d'affaires, two years after an angry mob ransacked the British embassy in Tehran.

The announcement reflects a thaw in Iran's relations with the West and comes after Iran and six world powers, including Britain, came close to a preliminary agreement about Tehran's nuclear program at the weekend.

Britain's Foreign Office said Ajay Sharma, currently the head of the ministry's Iran department, would take up the post immediately and hoped to visit Tehran this month.

"I am very much looking forward to renewing direct U.K. contact with the Iranian government and society," Sharma said in a statement. "This is very much in the interests of both our countries."

Iran's Mehr news agency said Tehran had appointed Mohammad Hassan Habibollah as charge d'affaires to Britain.

Britain closed its embassy in Tehran in 2011 after a rally against British sanctions escalated into violence and protesters scaled the walls, ransacked offices and burned buildings.

It was the worst crisis between Britain and Iran since full diplomatic relations were restored in 1999, a decade after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's fatwa that British author Salman Rushdie should be killed for writing "The Satanic Verses."

Sharma will be based in Britain but will travel regularly to Iran. He was deputy head of the British mission in Tehran in 2007 and 2008.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said last month that Iran's approach to international affairs had become far more positive since Hassan Rouhani was elected president in June, replacing hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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