Envoy: Royal Mail to re-establish post services to Iran

FNA – Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad said on Wednesday that the Royal Mail Company has changed its decision after being threatened to be sued by Tehran, and will soon re-start mail delivery to Iran.

In a new statement, the Royal Mail Company announced that it will accept packages from the UK to send letters to destinations in Iran, Baeidinejad said today in post on his Twitter account.

Voicing content with the new development, the diplomat added that the company has promised to resume Iran-bound services in the near future.

Last week, Britain’s Royal Mail confirmed suspending mail delivery services to recipient addresses in Iran, citing Washington’s sanctions against the country.

The mail service said that services had already been suspended for the last two weeks and that any remaining parcel in Britain would be returned to the original sender.

Following the announcement, Baeidinejad said that the matter had been followed up with related British authorities, adding that a letter of protest had been sent to the UK’s Foreign Office.

He said that British authorities had promised to resolve the issue as soon as possible, requesting that they be given “until Monday” to address the problem.

Baeidinejad also said that UK authorities “were shocked” by the Royal Mail announcement.

The Iranian ambassador further stated that his mission in London itself would envision a channel to deliver parcels to Iran free of charge given that the problem persisted beyond the Monday deadline.

The suspension of mail delivery to Iran was allegedly done on the pretext of US sanctions targeting Iran.

US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement last May and renewed sanctions lifted under the agreement.

Iran has not left the deal despite Washington’s measures, stressing that the remaining signatories to the agreement (including Britain) have to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they want Tehran to remain committed.