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Newsline: Iran summons Danish ambassador to protest embassy attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran to protest over a recent attack on the Iranian embassy in Copenhagen, Tasnim news agency reported. Lack of “serious and deterrent action” on such recurring incidents on the Iranian mission in Denmark could damage the ties between two countries, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi. On Wednesday, “six hostile elements” attacked the Iranian embassy in a “suspicious move,” Qasemi said. In the meeting with the Danish envoy, the Islamic republic voiced “strong protest” at the second attack in less than two months on Iran’s diplomatic mission in Copenhagen, he added. The Danish envoy slammed the incident as “unacceptable” and pledged to relay Iran’s protest to his government as soon as possible and report back to Tehran, Qasemi said.


Newsline: Iran summons Pakistan envoy over border guard deaths

Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards at the Pakistani border. Foreign Ministry Director General for West Asia Affairs Rasoul Eslami protested against the fact that the Pakistani territory is being used by terrorist groups and bandits to attack Iranian border guards, and called on Islamabad to take serious measures to prevent similar incidents. In the latest border clashes, two Iranian border police officers were killed and several border guards injured in southeastern Iran on Thursday in an armed conflict with a group of bandits at Iran-Pakistan border. “It is unacceptable for us that a number of terrorists and bandits trespass our territory from the Pakistani soil and attack and kill our country’s border guards,” Eslami told Pakistani Ambassador Noor Mohammad Jadmani. Jadmani, for his part, expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and pledged to notify Tehran’s objection to Islamabad. Iran has repeatedly criticized its eastern neighbors for failing to rein in terrorists who cross back borders into these countries after carrying out their attacks on Iran’s soil.


Newsline: UK embassy reopening plans under fire in Iran

A senior Iranian lawmaker slams the UK premier’s recent accusations against the Islamic Republic, urging Iran’s Foreign Ministry not to allow reopening of the British embassy in Tehran. In his address to the UN General Assembly in New York, UK Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that “Iran’s support for terrorist organizations” needs to change. Chairman of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Cameron’s recent statements show the UK government’s continued “animosity” toward the Islamic Republic. “The [Iranian] Foreign Ministry should reconsider [its decision] to allow the British embassy to resume its activities in Tehran,” added the senior Iranian legislator. Iran and the UK officially resumed direct diplomatic ties in February after the two countries severed diplomatic relations in 2011. Tehran and London have appointed non-resident chargés d’affaires as a first step toward reopening their respective embassies.


Newsline: Iran, UK Discuss Embassy Reopening

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in a meeting in New York discussed the latest developments reopening of the two countries’ embassies and surrounding Tehran’s nuclear program. The gathering, held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, was the first bilateral meeting between the Iranian foreign minister and his British counterpart. Speaking after the meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif, Hammond said, “We discussed bilateral relations and reaffirmed our commitment to reopen our embassies once the necessary practical arrangements can be made,” Hammond added. Tehran-London relations became tense three years ago. 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, a group of angry Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran and pulled down that country’s flag. Following the incident, Britain withdrew its diplomatic staff from the country on November 30 and asked Iran’s diplomatic delegation in London to leave within 48 hours. Iran and Britain agreed in October last year to appoint non-resident chargé d’affaires as a first step toward reopening their respective embassies.


Newsline: Iran claims Yemen is responsible for abduction of diplomat

A top Tehran official says the Yemeni government is responsible for the abduction of an Iranian diplomat last year. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian criticized the Yemeni government’s inaction on Nour Ahmad Nikbakht’s arrest, adding the kidnapped Iranian diplomat is now being held in a security prison of the Yemeni government. He, however, said that received updates from Sana’a are in contradiction with what Yemeni authorities have told Iran about the abducted diplomat. Iran will pursue efforts to secure the diplomat’s release, the official said, reiterating that Nikbakht is in good health. Nikbakht was on his way to work from his home in the diplomatic quarter of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on July 21, 2013 when unidentified gunmen blocked the road, forced him out of his vehicle and abducted him. He has been detained in Yemen for more than a year.


Newsline: Sudan shuts down Iranian cultural center, expels diplomat

Sudanese authorities ordered the closure of the Iranian Cultural Center in the capital Khartoum and other states, Sudan Tribune has learned. The Iranian cultural attaché and the staff at the center were also asked to leave the country within 72 hours. The government has not issued any official explanation for the abrupt move but the Foreign Ministry summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires and informed him of the decision. Some press reports have suggested that the Sudanese government’s decision was motivated by warnings made by religious circles as well as the media about the spread of Shiite ideology among Sudanese youngsters after the intensification of activities by the office of the Iranian cultural attaché in Khartoum.


Newsline: Tehran, London in talks to reopen embassies

Iran and the UK are in talks to discuss the full reopening of the embassies of both countries in the near future, the Iranian non-resident chargé d’affaires to Britain has announced. Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzadeh told ICANA on Friday that diplomatic efforts and negotiations are ongoing for the opening of the UK embassy in Tehran. He added that the Iranian embassy in London is now delivering consular services to Iranians in the UK, adding that all the other sectors of the embassy will become active in the near future. In November 2011, Iranian lawmakers voted by a large majority to downgrade diplomatic ties with the UK in response to Britain’s decision to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran over the allegation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Two days after the decision by the Iranian Majlis, hundreds of Iranian students staged a protest outside the British embassy in Tehran, pulling down the UK flag and demanding the expulsion of the British ambassador. Following the incident, UK announced on in November 2011 that it is withdrawing its diplomatic staff from Iran and that the Iranian embassy in London would be closed. Nearly two years after their diplomatic ties were severed, Iran and Britain agreed in October 2013 to appoint non-resident chargés d’affaires as a first step toward reopening their respective embassies. On February 20, Tehran and London officially resumed direct diplomatic relations.