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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