Barely four years after its building was ransacked and its flag was burned, the British Embassy is hurrying to reopen its doors Sunday in Tehran.
The destruction in November 2011, clearly backed by the Iranian government, came in response to sanctions imposed by London.
Since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and a delegation of five world powers plus the United States, however, international business groups and world leaders have been lining up to do business with the Islamic Republic.
According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity with the Reuters news agency, “The Foreign Secretary (Philip Hammond) will travel to Iran to reopen our embassy there.”
A small group of business leaders will accompany the foreign secretary to Iran for a formal opening ceremony, according to the source. The embassy will be headed by the current non-resident charge d’affaires, Ajay Sharma, at least until a new ambassador is appointed.