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
"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
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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