Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The UK reopened its embassy in Tehran during an official ceremony attended by the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Iran's Fars news agency reported Aug. 23.
Hammond, who is the first British foreign secretary visiting Iran since 2003, is also scheduled to meet with senior Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani as well as his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
He directly went to the UK embassy after his arrival to Tehran and reopened it.
The UK has had no diplomatic presence in Tehran since a group of protesters stormed the British embassy in 2011 and pulled down the UK flag.
After that the UK closed the embassy, drawing action in kind from Iran.
Tehran blames the UK for having agitated opposition in the wake of the disputed 2009 presidential elections, counting the student move as a self-organized reaction against UK interference in the Islamic Republic's internal affairs.