France, Iran Close to Restoring Envoys

France, Iran Close to Restoring Envoys
France, Iran Close to Restoring Envoys

France and Iran are close to exchanging ambassadors after Paris suspended nominating an envoy to Tehran last year over claims Iranian intelligence officials had planned an attack on a dissident group in Paris, France’s foreign minister said.
“We protested vigorously against an attempted attack that was stopped in the Paris region which led us to suspend the nomination of our ambassador to Tehran and Tehran responded reciprocally,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament’s foreign affairs committee on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
“But we are close to reaching a conclusion on this situation as long as [Iran] keeps to the 2015 [nuclear] deal.”
France in October claimed there was no doubt Iran’s intelligence ministry was behind a June plot to attack a rally of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization terror group outside Paris and it seized assets belonging to Tehran’s intelligence services and two Iranian nationals. Iran has denied any role in the alleged plot. 
Those sanctions have since been adopted at European Union level after further accusations against Iran for plotting attacks elsewhere in Europe.
Iranian and French diplomats have said the exchange of diplomats is likely before the summer.


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