Britain, Iran announce first ambassadors in 5 years

Tehran—Iran and Britain appointed new ambassadors to each other’s countries on Monday for the first time since a mob ransacked the British embassy in Tehran in 2011.
Hamid Baeidinejad, 53, was named as Tehran’s envoy to London, ISNA state news agency reported. He played a crucial role in the negotiations with world powers that led to last year’s nuclear accord and the lifting of international sanctions.
Britain appointed Nicholas Hopton — the current charge d’affairs in Tehran — as its first ambassador to Iran since relations were severed following the storming of the embassy by students in five years ago. “The upgrade in diplomatic relations gives us the opportunity to develop our discussions on a range of issues, including our consular cases about which I am deeply concerned,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.—AFP

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