UK: We're working toward reopening embassy in Iran
LONDON (AP) - British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that his country is taking steps toward reopening its embassy in Teheran, agreeing to an exchange of diplomats to discuss improving relations.
Hague said the coming months "may be unusually significant" in British-Iranian relations, which have been beset by arguments over the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme and Teheran's support for embattled leader Bashar Assad in Syria. Hague told lawmakers there are signs of a change - albeit qualified ones.
The British embassy in Teheran was closed in late 2011 after a mob overran the building as tensions over a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities ran high. Iran also closed its embassy in London. Relations have remained tense since then, but the recent election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has raised hopes of a thaw between Iran and the West - and of a possible nuclear deal.
"It is clear that the new president and ministers in Iran are presenting themselves and their country in a much more positive way than in the recent past. There is no doubt that the tone of the meetings with them is different," Hague told the House of Commons.