Britain and Iran to reopen embassies as ties thaw

Britain and Iran will reopen their respective embassies in the coming days, an Iranian official said Thursday, four years after protesters angry over nuclear sanctions stormed the UK mission in Tehran.


The official said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who helped negotiate a historic deal between Iran and the West on the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme, “will travel Sunday to Iran for the reopening of the British embassy”.


“At the same time” Tehran would reopen its embassy in London, the official told AFP, without providing a specific date.


The Foreign Office confirmed Hammond would be visiting Iran in the coming days but did not mention the reopening of the embassy.


Hammond would be the first British foreign secretary to visit Iran in more than a decade.


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