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Britain Set To Reopen Embassy In Iran

Source: RFE/RL

Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced he intends to reopen the British Embassy in Tehran. In a written statement to parliament on June 17, Hague said "the circumstances are right" to reopen the diplomatic post. But he added that "a range of practical issues" will need to be resolved first.

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Hague said the election of Hassan Rohani as president was an important step toward improving ties between the West and Tehran.

Recent advances by Sunni militants in Iraq have given this process a "mighty great shove," he added.

Hague is expected to take questions from members of parliament at 1230 Prague time.

Full diplomatic relations between London and Tehran were suspended after attacks on the British Embassy in Tehran in 2011.

In November, London revived diplomatic relations, appointing a nonresident charge d'affairs.

Based on reporting by AFP and the BBC

Copyright (c) 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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