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Newsline: Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran this weekend

Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the British flag. The move marks a thawing of ties with Iran since it reached a nuclear deal with the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain. “The foreign secretary (Philip Hammond) will travel to Iran to reopen our embassy there,” a British diplomatic source told Reuters on Thursday. Hammond will travel to Iran this weekend for the formal opening of the embassy on Sunday. Until a new ambassador is announced, the embassy will be led by Ajay Sharma, until now the non-resident chargé d’affaires. Iranian protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran in November 2011, smashing windows, torching a car and burning the British flag in protest against sanctions imposed by London. Britain responded by shutting Iran’s embassy in London and expelling its diplomats.



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