News ID: 125115
Published: 0738 GMT August 22, 2015

Deputy FM: Still no talk of ambassadors in Tehran, London

Deputy FM: Still no talk of ambassadors in Tehran, London

An Iranian deputy foreign minister said although the British Embassy in Iran is going to be reopened, Tehran and London have no plans to appoint ambassadors yet.

There is still no talk of appointing new ambassadors in Tehran and London, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi said on Saturday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Takht-Ravanchi added, the status of non-resident charge d’affaires of the two countries will change into resident.

However, the British Embassy will only issue “diplomatic and service visas” after being reopened, he noted.

Britain and Iran set to reopen their respective embassies in today, an Iranian official said Thursday, four years after their closure.

On November 27, 2011, a large majority of Iranian lawmakers 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 the European country’s flag.

Following the incident, Britain withdrew its diplomatic staff from Tehran on November 30 and asked Iran’s diplomatic delegation in London to leave within 48 hours.

The two countries made diplomatic efforts afterward to amend ties.


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