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Ajay Sharma makes first visit to Iran as non-resident Chargé d’Affaires

First visit to Iran by a UK diplomat in over two years.

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The UK’s non-resident Chargé d’Affaires to Iran, Ajay Sharma, today visited Tehran for the first time in his new role. Speaking after the visit, he said:

I had a good first visit back to Tehran today and want to thank the Iranian authorities, particularly my counterpart Mr Habibollahzadeh, for facilitating the trip. I held detailed and constructive discussions with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about taking forward our bilateral relationship on a step by step and reciprocal basis. I also visited our Embassy compounds to assess the damage caused in 2011.

I intend to visit Iran regularly to continue the step by step process of improving relations between our two countries.

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Published 3 December 2013