In diplomatic breakthrough, Britain says to re-open Iran embassy
LONDON, June 17
LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran after it was closed two and a half years ago, saying it would establish a small initial presence in Tehran soon.
"I have ... now decided the circumstances are right to reopen our embassy in Tehran," Hague said in a written statement to parliament. Hague said he had discussed the matter with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday.
Britain closed its Tehran embassy in late 2011 after a mob ransacked the mission. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Osborn)