Iran, Britain to Resume Diplomatic Ties Next Week: Spokeswoman
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman said Iran and Britain are to introduce their respective chargés d'affaires within the next 8 days, adding that the two countries’ embassies will resume activities soon afterwards.
Iran and Britain will name their non-resident chargés d'affaires in the next 8 days and the two countries’ embassies will be reactivated in line with promotion of diplomatic ties, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in her weekly press conference on Tuesday.
The move to restore relations came after the British foreign secretary, William Hague, met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly in late September. The two top diplomats reached the final agreement in phone talk some days afterwards.
The issue was followed up on the sidelines of the two-day talks between Iran and G5+1 countries in the Swiss city of Geneva where Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi and British Foreign Office Political Director Simon Gass held a meeting.
On November 27, 2011, a large majority of Iranian MPs voted to downgrade diplomatic ties with Britain, following Britain's decision to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran.
Later angry Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran and pulled down that country’s flag. After the incident, Britain withdrew its diplomatic staff from the country on November 30 and asked Iran’s diplomatic delegation in that country to leave within 48 hours.