Ireland to Resume Diplomatic Presence in Tehran

Ireland to Resume Diplomatic Presence in Tehran
Ireland to Resume Diplomatic Presence in Tehran

Ireland will reestablish its diplomatic presence in Iran and will reopen its embassy in Tehran in 2023, according to the Irish Foreign Ministry. 
"A Diplomatic Mission will be established this year, to be headed at Charge d'Affaires level, with a commitment to reopen an Irish Embassy in 2023," Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
Ireland closed its embassy in Tehran in 2012 along with its diplomatic missions in several other countries due to the impact of the financial crisis.
Coveney said the decision is part of the government's efforts to double Ireland's global impact by 2025 under a Global Ireland strategy.
"As an elected member of the [United Nations] Security Council, it is particularly important that we have the ability to engage in more depth on the range of Middle East issues on the Security Council's agenda," he said.
The Irish minister added that Ireland has a particular responsibility to play a constructive and impactful role on the nuclear non-proliferation agenda as a facilitator of UN Resolution 2231 for the next two years on the UNSC.
Resolution 2231 has endorsed Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Coveney said Dublin is fully committed to the success of JCPOA and the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. 
“The reestablishment of an Irish presence in Tehran is a concrete sign of our commitment to deepen dialogue with all relevant partners, including Iran, on this issue," he said.
JPCOA has been unravelling since the United States pulled out unilaterally in 2018 and reimposed tough sanctions on Tehran, to which it responded by gradually suspending its commitments.
With the arrival of a new president in the US, the world community is working toward reviving the agreement, although the situation is facing a deadlock with both Iran and the US insisting that the other take the first step back into full compliance.  
Ireland took up its seat as an elected member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term starting from Jan. 1, 2021.
It joined the UN in 1955 and will serve as Presidency of the UN Security Council in September 2021, according to the Irish foreign ministry. 

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