UK appoints envoy to Iran for first time since 2011

Posted on:06 Sep 2016 18:31:31
UK appoints envoy to Iran for first time since 2011
06 September 2016 Current Affairs: The UK has appointed an ambassador to Iran for the first time since 2011, restoring diplomatic relations.

Nicholas Hopton, a former British ambassador to Qatar and Yemen, will take up the role. 

The decision comes nearly five years after Iranians invaded the British Embassy and one year after the British Embassy reopened in Tehran, which reflects gradual thawing of relations in the wake of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Hamid Baeidinejad, has been appointed the Iranian ambassador to the UK.

Reports suggest that the move came as British Airways restored direct flights to Tehran six days a week and British banks continued to increase operations.

Iran downgraded its relations with the UK in November 2011 when stronger international sanctions were imposed.

A group of students had also attacked the UK embassy compound in Tehran, damaging property and driving the embassy staff away.

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