Paris, Tehran moving towards restoring diplomatic relations

"Paris and Tehran decided to exchange ambassadors after a severe diplomatic crisis between the two countries began in the summer of 2018 and was linked to several files," AFP quoted from French and Iranian sources on Wednesday.

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According to an official Iranian source, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Bahram Qasimi was appointed as Iran's ambassador to Paris.

For its part, the French official newspaper published on Wednesday the decree of appointing Philippe Teipo as the extraordinary and with full powers ambassador of the French Republic to the Islamic Republic of Iran."

According to the French agency, in late June an attempt of an attack with explosives on a gathering of the Iranian Mujahideen Khalq Organization in Villepint near Paris was thwarted, and France accused a branch of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence of planning for the operation. For its part, Tehran categorically denied the French accusations, and it accuses Paris of sheltering the Mujahideen Khalq Organization which Tehran considers a terrorist group of hypocrites.

The agency noted that France is one of the three European countries along with Germany and Britain which seeks to salvage the Iranian nuclear agreement signed in 2015 after the United States withdrew in May 2018 with a decision of its President Donald Trump, but Tehran believes that the efforts of the three countries are insufficient until now.

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