Royal Mail resumes service to Iranians

May 19, 2019

TEHRAN - Royal Mail, Britain’s top posting service company, has restored its services to the destination of Iran, according to Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.

In a tweet on Saturday, Hamid Baeidinejad said that a Royal Mail cargo had reached Iran earlier in the day and the company would announce the full restoration of its services to the country in the near future.

“The postal cargo of the company arrived in Iran today. The full normalization of the Royal Mail activities (in Iran) will be announced soon,” Baeidinejad tweeted.

The Iranian ambassador said the company had agreed as part of consultations last week to send the existing cargos to the Iran destination and then begin to restore all activities in the country.

The announcement came well over a month after the British company announced that it had halted its Iran operation due to sanctions imposed by the United States. The company said that any remaining parcel in Britain destined for Iran would be returned to the original sender.

Iranian authorities said at the time that they would pursue the case until it is fully resolved. Baeidinejad said Britain’s foreign office and officials in the government had expressed their shock at the decision when they received Iran’s letter of complaint about the issue.

Iran’s embassy in London said after Royal Mail announcement that it would envision a channel to deliver parcels to Iran free of charge until the issue is resolved with the British courier.

Iran has been subject to sanctions by the United States since Washington unilaterally withdrew from an international deal on Tehran’s nuclear activities in May last year.

However, the European parties to the deal, including Britain, have repeatedly promised to do whatever they can to protect trade and business with Iran.

SP/PA

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