Wed Sep 2, 2015 7:57AM
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
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On August 23, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond traveled to Iran to reopen the UK embassy in Tehran and to meet a number of Iranian officials.

Following the deal between Iran and the P5+1, different countries rushed to send their diplomatic and economic delegations to Tehran and on the other hand, in order to catch up with its European rivals in Continental Europe, the British decided to bury the hatchet with Iran and offered to resume relations with Iran.

In November 2011, hundreds of angry students raided the UK embassy because they believed it kept meddling in their country’s affairs. Similarly, the British government shuttered Iran's embassy in London immediately after that. 

British officials’ snooping in Iran goes back to the distant past such as separating Afghanistan from Iran, the Reuters Concession, the Talbot contract, opposing the nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, supporting Saddam and many other examples such as the unrest that followed the 2009 presidential election in Iran.

When the British foreign secretary entered Iran, he focused primarily on three main issues; firstly, he tried to induce this notion to Iranians that bygones are bygones; that is, he implicitly called on Iranians to forget the past with regard to the UK's mischief in Iran in the past.

The second issue which he focused upon was that he voiced the readiness of the British government as well as other western powers to engage in cooperation with Iran to address emerging matters of concern in the world like regional terrorism, the Islamic awakening, the ongoing crises in the Middle East and the like.

Thirdly, the trip is hoped to bring about positive economic and political outcomes for both Iran and the UK favored by both and expected to significantly influence their mutual ties.