Britain is to appoint a non-residential charge d'affaires for Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced, Sky News reported late Tuesday.
Diplomatic relations broke down in 2011, but Hague told parliament, "Both our countries will now appoint a non-resident charge d'affaires tasked with implementing the building of relations, including interim steps on the way towards (the) eventual reopening of both our embassies."
He said the coming months "may be unusually significant" in British-Iranian relations, which have been beset by argument over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
The recent election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has raised hopes of a thaw in relations between Iran and the West and a possible deal over the program.
Britain shut its Iran’s embassy in November 2011 after hundreds of Iranian students stormed British mission in Tehran in protest over sanctions imposed by Britain.
The embassy was closed and all UK staff were evacuated following the protest, the most violent of a series of incidents that marked a deterioration in relations due to Iran's wider dispute with the west over its nuclear program.
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