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UK appoints ambassador to Iran for first time since 2011

The UK has appointed an ambassador to Iran for the first time since 2011, as part of its aims for more productive co-operation.

India TV News Desk, London [ Published on: September 07, 2016 7:43 IST ]
UK appoints ambassador to Iran for first time since 2011
UK appoints ambassador to Iran for first time since 2011

The UK has appointed an ambassador to Iran for the first time since 2011, as part of its aims for more productive co-operation.

The Foreign Office announcement comes one year after the reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran. Nicholas Hopton, a former British ambassador to Qatar and Yemen, will take up the role of ambassador.

"This is an important moment in the relationship between the UK and Iran," Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.

The British embassy in Tehran was closed after it was stormed and ransacked by protesters in November 2011. The embassy was reopened in August 2015 by then-British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and the two countries resumed ties on Charge d'Affaires level.

"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," Johnson said.

"I hope this will mark the start of more productive co-operation between our countries, enabling us to discuss more directly issues such as human rights and Iran's role in the region," Johnson added.

Hopton joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1989 and was the British ambassador to Qatar from 2013 to 2015. He also served as the British ambassador to Yemen and at the British Embassies in Paris, Rome and Rabat.

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