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Iran's ambassador to Britain to return to London Sunday

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in Tehran Sunday that Iran`s Ambassador to Britain Morteza Sarmadi is to return to London on Sunday, IRNA reported.

Talking to foreign and domestic reporters, Asefi termed shooting at the British embassy in Tehran on Wednesday as an "individual and unacceptable" event.

"It was not an organized event. British officials have expressed appreciation for Iran's attention to the issue and the decisions made by the country in this regard," Asefi said.

The British media reported on Tuesday that Sarmadi had returned to Tehran.

British Embassy denies reports on Dalton's departure from Iran

Press attache of the British Embassy in Tehran Green Stock Saturday rejected reports that Ambassador Richard Dalton has left Iran, IRNA reported.

The Persian-language daily Jam-e Jam quoted Stock as terming the reports as baseless.

The British media reported on Tuesday that Dalton had returned to London.

He further said the British ambassador was scheduled to leave for London but had cancelled his trip for some reasons. Stock did not further elaborate.

Turning to the activities of various departments of the embassy after the Wednesday shooting, the attache said the political department of the embassy is currently active. "It is not clear yet when the embassy would officially resume its work. We are waiting for our government to decide on the reopening of the embassy in Tehran," Stock said.

He said a number of non-essential staff of the embassy have left Iran but declined to give the exact number. The British Embassy in Tehran closed on Wednesday after five shots were fired at its premises from a nearby street.

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