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Britain Sacks Envoy to Tehran

15 March 2018 13:27


Britain announced on Wednesday that it has removed its ambassador to Tehran Nicholas Hopton to be replaced by Rob Macaire.

Macaire has been appointed as the new British ambassador to Tehran in succession to Hopton who will be transferred to another diplomatic service appointment, a statement by the British government said.

Macaire will take up the post in Tehran in April 2018.

The British government did not mention the reason for changing Hopton before the end of his tenure. He was appointed to the post in 2016.

Former UK Ambassador to Iran Nicholas Hopton

Commenting on his appointment, Macaire said, “I am honored to be appointed the new British Ambassador to Iran. The UK’s continued engagement with Iran is vital to our goal of making the Middle East region a safer and more stable place.”

“I look forward to working with the Government of Iran and with international partners to preserve the nuclear deal and deepen our bilateral relationship, through constructive engagement on human rights, trade, and seeking political solutions to the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere,” he added.

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