UK and Iran appoint ambassadors for first time since 2011
Iran downgraded its relations with the UK in November 2011 after stronger international sanctions were imposed on it.
The United Kingdom (UK) and Iran in September 2016 appointed ambassador in each-other's country for the first time since 2011. This appointment marks the restoration of the diplomatic relations between the two nations.
Nicholas Hopton, a Middle East specialist and former British ambassador to Qatar and Yemen, was appointed as UK ambassador to Iran. On the other hand, Hamid Baeidinejad, a key figure in the Iranian nuclear negotiating team, was appointed as the Iranian ambassador to the UK.
The Foreign Office announcement comes one year after the reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran. 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 British embassy in Tehran was closed after it was stormed and ransacked by protesters in November 2011. The UK also ordered the Iranian embassy in London to be closed.
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