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    UK Appoints First Ambassador to Iran Since 2011

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    Nicholas Hopton, previously British Charge d’affaires in Tehran, has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Iran, according to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom appointed Monday its first ambassador to Iran since 2011 as it upgrades its diplomatic relations with the Islamic republic, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office said.

    Nicholas Hopton, previously British Charge d’affaires in Tehran, has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador. The appointment comes a year after the UK embassy in the city was reopened.

    "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… I hope this will mark the start of more productive cooperation between our countries, enabling us to discuss more directly issues such as human rights and Iran’s role in the region, as well as ongoing implementation of the nuclear deal and the expansion of the trading relationship between both our countries," UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement.


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