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Germany, France To Resume Iran Ties

November 21, 1997

BONN, Germany (AP) _ Ambassadors from Germany and France will return to Tehran, following a seven-month diplomatic row over terrorism charges against Iran.

Horst Baechmann of Germany and Jean-Pierre Masset of France will return to Tehran on Saturday. They are the last of the European Union diplomats to resume their posts, the German Foreign Ministry said Friday.

EU nations recalled their ambassadors and cut diplomatic ties in April after a German court implicated Iran’s top leaders in the 1992 assassination of Kurdish-Iranian dissidents in Berlin.

Following Iran’s election of a moderate president, Iran and the EU reached an agreement to allow the German and French envoys to return. With the exception of the Portuguese ambassador, the other EU diplomats went back Nov. 13.

Portuguese foreign ministry officials confirmed that the ambassador was now back in Iran, but could not say what day he had returned.

Iran had previously insisted the German ambassador return last and alone.

The diplomats’ return paves the way for Iran’s ambassadors to return to Bonn and Paris.

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