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Newsline: Iran threatens to reverse diplomatic relations with England

Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi has warned England of re-downgrading relations following “divisive” remarks by Prime Minister Theresa May. During the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council’s annual summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on Wednesday, May said she was “clear-eyed” about what she called “the threat” Iran poses to the region. May had also stressed England would help the council “push back” against what she branded Iran’s “aggressive regional actions.” “The remarks by England’s prime minister have nothing to do with the realities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and testify to England’s divisive policy,” said Boroujerdi in a televised program. Boroujerdi further saw the comments unfitting for ambassadorial-level relations between to Tehran and London, threatening to re-downgrade relations. Over the past five years, bilateral ties between Iran and England have seen both low and high points, yet on a sluggishly improving track. In what was a low point in diplomacy between the two countries in November 2011, the Iranian Parliament voted to expel the British ambassador and reduce diplomatic relations with the country in retaliation for its new sanctions against Iran. Following the vote, England’s embassy compound in Tehran was raided by protestors who were demanding that the British ambassador be sent home immediately. England retaliated against the move, ordering Iran’s embassy in London to be closed, with its staff given 48 hours to leave. The two countries resumed their ties in 2015 by assigning charges d’affaires, partially influenced by the prospect of a successful nuclear deal with Iran.



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