Cameron: Britain Wants to Re-Open Tehran Embassy

British Prime Minister tells Iranian President Hassan Rouhani he is committed to re-opening the British embassy in Tehran.

Ben Ariel ,

Cameron and Rouhani (archive)
Cameron and Rouhani (archive)

British Prime Minister David Cameron told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday that the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers marked a fresh start in relations and that he was committed to re-opening the British embassy in Tehran, Reuters reported.

"The Prime Minister expressed his hope that this deal would mark a fresh start in bilateral relations between the UK and Iran," Cameron's spokesman said of the telephone call between the two.

"The Prime Minister made clear that he remained committed to re-opening the British embassy in Tehran," the spokesman said, according to Reuters.

The British Embassy in Iran was closed in 2011 after it was stormed by Iranian students who were protesting against Western sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.

Two years later, in 2012, Britain resumed its ties with Iran by naming a charge d’affaires, a diplomatic post that is one level below ambassador.

A week later, British Prime Minister David Cameron became the first UK prime minister in more than a decade to call an Iranian president when he phoned President Hassan Rouhani to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

The embassy, however, has never re-opened despite talks of doing so, and it appears that the nuclear deal reached this week brings that move closer.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said earlier this week he hoped Britain could reopen its embassy in Tehran this year.

"There are some technical issues, as I've explained to the House before, on both sides that will have to be resolved before it can be done," Hammond said on Wednesday.

"I very much hope that we will be in a position to reopen our respective embassies before the end of this year, and I look forward to going to Tehran to do so," he said.