Tehran (IP) - Following the closure of its embassy in Tehran in 2012, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney announced that the country would re-establish its diplomatic presence in Iran.

Iran Press/Europe: "A Diplomatic Mission will be established this year, to be headed at Charge d'Affaires level, with a commitment to re-open an Irish Embassy in 2023," said Coveney in a statement posted on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

He said that 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 Security Council, we must have the ability to engage in more depth on the range of Middle East issues on the Security Council's agenda," he said, adding that Ireland has a particular responsibility to play a constructive and impactful role on the nuclear non-proliferation agenda as a facilitator of Resolution 2231 for the next two years on the Security Council.

Resolution 2231 is a resolution passed by the United Nations (UN) Security Council on July 20, 2015, which endorses the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program.

"Ireland is fully committed to the success of that agreement and the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The re-establishment 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," said Coveney.

According to the background information attached to the statement, Ireland closed its embassy in Tehran in 2012 due to the impact of the financial crisis.

Ireland took up its seat as an elected member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term starting from Jan. 1, 2021. According to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland will serve as the UN Security Council's Presidency in September 2021.


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