|Iran’s new envoy holds talks in London||
Iran’s new envoy holds talks in London
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – Iran’s new envoy to Britain held talks with officials in London on Friday, according to the British Foreign Office.
The visit by non-resident charge d'affaires Hassan Habibollahzadeh followed a trip to Tehran last week by his British counterpart Ajay Sharma.
Sharma’s trip was the first time a British diplomat visited Iran since the two countries almost severed their diplomatic ties in 2011.
Britain ordered the closure of Iran’s embassy in London after closing its own in Tehran following the storming of the compound by hundreds of angry students in November 2011. The students were protesting at Western sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.
But relations have improved since moderate Hassan Rouhani became Iran’s new president in August.
The Iranian envoy “was here this morning. He met Foreign Office officials including his counterpart Ajay Sharma,” a British Foreign Office spokesman told AFP.
Habibollahzadeh arrived in Britain on Thursday.
Iran and Britain each named a non-resident charge d'affaires -- a diplomatic post that is one level below ambassador -- last month.
No date has been set for the envoys to be permanently posted.
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