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October 16, 2013 12:13 pm

Britain, Iran to Mutually Appoint Envoys Within Weeks

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Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague.

In a sign of the continuing thaw taking place between Iran and Western nations, the Islamic Republic and Britain have agreed to name a charge d’affaires to each other’s countries within two weeks, Iran’s state news agency IRNA and British media reported.

The two countries experienced a break in diplomatic ties in 2011 following the storming of Britain’s embassy in Tehran by hundreds of angry Islamist students.

The students were protesting the country’s involvement with sanctions against Iran in retaliation for its nuclear program.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif twice during the UN General Assembly, in New York, last month.

“I’ve made very clear to Mr. Zarif that we are open to more direct contact and further improvements in our bilateral relations,” Hague said, referring to a telephone conversation he had with Zarif on October 7.

“We have therefore agreed that both our countries will now appoint a non-resident charge d’affaires tasked with implementing the building of relations, including interim steps on the way towards the eventual reopening of both our embassies.”

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