More UK citizens to travel to Iran

TEHRAN, Jul. 26 (MNA) – Britain has eased ban on travelling to Iran, but still advises against visiting several of the country’s border regions.

In a statement issued Saturday, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office declared Iran a safe place for travel for its citizens following the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and the 5+1 countries that was reached in Vienna on July 14.

"Our policy is to recommend against travel to an area when we judge that the risk is unacceptably high. We consider that continues to be the case for specific areas of Iran, notably along Iran's borders with Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan," said UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond adding that no more risk is considered for British nationals in other parts of the country.

Hammond also said that British citizens could contact with the Swedish or EU diplomatic missions in Tehran for consular services, as the UK embassy remains closed.

On July 17, British Prime Minister David Cameron told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the UK wished to reopen its embassy in Tehran.

The two sides agreed to continue to work together to resolve the outstanding issues before the embassies could reopen.

Bilateral relations between Iran and the United Kingdom have improved since diplomatic relations were suspended in 2011 in response to Britain’s decision to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran over the allegation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear program.

It is expected that Iran will be soon welcoming a considerable number of British visitors now that the UK has lifted the travel ban in regard to visiting Iran.

 

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