Philip Hammond

Hammond to meet Iranian officials in two-day visit to Tehran

Tehran, Aug 23, IRNA – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will confer with Iranian high-ranking officials in his two day official visit to Iran on Sunday and Monday.

Hammond is expected to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani as well as his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
In the first visit by a British foreign secretary to Iran since 2003, Hammond will reopen embassy that was stormed by a group of protesters four years ago.
Britain’s embassy in Iran will reopen on Sunday in a sign of the diplomatic thaw between the two countries.
Iran’s embassy in London will also reopen.
Philip Hammond is flying to Tehran for a ceremony to mark the move in the first visit to the country by a British foreign secretary since 2003.
The UK has had no diplomatic presence in Tehran since a group of protesters stormed the British embassy in 2011 but the election of Hassan Rouhani as president brought about a significant improvement in relations.
Initially, the embassy will be headed by a charge d’affaires, Ajay Sharma, but Hammond said an agreement on upgrading to full ambassador status is expected to be reached in the coming months. According to the dispatches, Hammond and Treasury minister Damian Hinds will travel to Tehran with a small trade delegation to discuss opportunities following the historic nuclear agreement.

By IRNA