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Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran: Hague
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(169).jpgTEHRAN - Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, saying it would soon establish a small initial presence in Tehran two and a half years after the closure of the British embassy, Reuters reported.

"I have ... now decided the circumstances are right to reopen our embassy in Tehran," Hague said in a written statement to parliament.

Hague said he had discussed the matter with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday.

Diplomatic ties were revived in November last year when Britain appointed a non-resident charge d'affaires as Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany reached an interim deal over Iran's nuclear program.

Hague described Iran an "an important country in a volatile region" and stressed the need for embassy staff to be able to work without hindrance in Tehran. Once a range of practical issues had been resolved he said the embassy would resume operations with a small initial presence.

Britain ordered the closure of the Iranian Embassy in London after closing its embassy in Tehran following the storming of the compound by angry students in November 2011. The students were protesting against the Western sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

MT/PA
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