U.K. and Iran re-establish diplomatic ties

(JNS.org) Despite the breakdown in talks between Western powers and Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, the United Kingdom and Iran have re-established diplomatic ties, ending two years of severed relations.

The British Foreign Office said that Ajay Sharma, who heads the ministry’s Iran department, would take up a position as non-resident charge d’affaires with Iran. But the U.K. will not reopen its embassy in Tehran at this time. For now, Sharma will instead travel to Iran on a monthly basis, Reuters reported.

The U.K. severed ties with Iran in 2011 after Iranian protestors upset over British sanctions stormed its embassy in Tehran. According to Iran’s Fars News Agency, both sides agreed to reestablish ties at the sidelines of the United Nation’s General Assembly gathering in September.


Posted on November 11, 2013 .