The British embassy in Iran’s capital, Tehran will be officially reopened by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond over the weekend nearly four years after it was closed.
The Iranian embassy in London will also reopen at the same time, as elations between Iran and the West improve following the nuclear deal signed in July.
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Press TV reports:
The reopening of the embassy is seen as the biggest shift in the West’s policies toward Iran following the nuclear conclusion between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – on July 14.
Hammond will be Britain’s first top diplomat to visit the Iranian capital in nearly 14 years. He will reportedly be accompanied on his trip by a number of business leaders.
According to the British media, the Iranian embassy in London will be reopened at the same time. The reports say a new British ambassador has already been chosen but not announced officially.
Iran and Britain severed their diplomatic ties in November 2011. The British embassy was closed after hundreds of Iranian university students staged a protest, pulling down the UK flag and demanding the expulsion of the British ambassador.
Following the incident, Britain announced not only the withdrawal of its diplomatic staff from Tehran but also the closure of the Iranian embassy in London.