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British envoy makes first Iran visit in two years: Foreign Office

Published on Dec 4, 2013 1:47 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's new envoy to Teheran visited Iran on Tuesday, becoming the first British diplomat to travel to the country since ties were severed in 2011, the Foreign Office in London said.

Mr Ajay Sharma, who is making his first trip in his new role as non-resident charge d'affaires, held "detailed and constructive" talks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Habibollah-Zadeh and other officials.

"I had a good first visit back to Tehran today and want to thank the Iranian authorities, particularly my counterpart Mr Habibollahzadeh, for facilitating the trip," Mr Sharma said in a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

"I held detailed and constructive discussions with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about taking forward our bilateral relationship on a step-by-step and reciprocal basis."

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