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Hague: 'No softening' of British approach to Iran

The UK Foreign Secretary William Hague rejected a claim the government was "softening" its approach to Iran.

Speaking in the parliament, Mr Hague described the UK as "absolutely relentless" in its efforts to defeat terrorism around the world and added: "I can assure you that there is no softening of any of our policies in relation to Iran.

Hague: 'Circumstances right' to reopen Embassy in Iran

Foreign Office still advises against travel to Iran

William Hague might have announced the reopening of the British embassy in Tehran today, but the Foreign Office is still advising people against traveling to the Middle Eastern country.

The Foreign Office advises against travelling to Iran. Credit: FCO

The Foreign Office currently advises "against all but essential travel" to most of the country, and "against all travel" to the eastern parts of Iran near the borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

People planning to travel to Iran should check the Foreign Office travel advice regularly and sign up for email alerts on the security situation, the spokesperson said.

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Staff need to be 'safe and secure' before reopening Iran embassy

The Secretary of State William Hague has issued a statement on the possible reopening of the British embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran:

Our two primary concerns when considering whether to reopen our embassy in Tehran have been assurance that our staff would be safe and secure, and confidence that they would be able to carry out their functions without hindrance.

There are a range of practical issues that we will need to resolve first.

However it is our intention to reopen the Embassy in Tehran with a small initial presence as soon as these practical arrangements have been made.

– William Hague

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Hague plans to reopen British embassy in Tehran

William Hague has announced that Britain wants to reopen the British embassy in Iran as the West looks to normalise relations to help ease the crisis in neighbouring Iraq.

The Foreign Secretary told MPs that "circumstances are right" to re-open the British embassy in Tehran.

Protesters break down the British emblem from the Tehran embassy in 2011. Credit: Parspix/ABACA/PA

Mr Hague said he had discussed a number of matters in a meeting yesterday, including the situation in Iraq, with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The UK has had no diplomatic presence in Tehran since a mob ransacked the British embassy in 2011.

More: White House: 275 US military personnel deployed to Iraq

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Hague: Mosul's civilian population must be protected

Foreign Secretary William Hague has told ITV News the people of Iraq's second city of Mosul must be protected.

ITV News' News Editor Jonathan Wald reports:

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UK Foreign Secretary #Hague tells ITV News the civilian population of Mosul must be protected,Iraqi leaders must form new government quickly

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William #Hague re: violence in #Mosul - "we're not countenancing any British military involvement at this stage"Iraqis must take the lead

Read: 500,000 people flee fighting in Iraq's second city of Mosul

PM: Sexual violence has no place as a weapon of war

David Cameron said sexual violence has "no place as a weapon of war in this world" as a global summit on the issue opened its doors.

The Prime Minister said: "This Government will always seek to protect the most vulnerable in society, both at home and abroad.

Prime Minister David Cameron pictured in Sweden earlier today.
Prime Minister David Cameron pictured in Sweden earlier today. Credit: MAJA SUSLIN / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

"Both in the Modern Slavery Bill and in our campaign against sexual violence in conflict we are protecting victims and punishing perpetrators - with tougher sentences for traffickers and ending impunity for soldiers who commit rape."

"Britain should not and will not tolerate trafficking," he added.

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Sexual violence in conflict summit 'off to amazing start'

Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is co-chairing the largest summit on sexual violence in conflict with Angelina Jolie, wrote on Twitter:

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Inspiring to see so many organisations, activists and young people at the fringe. Summit is off to an amazing start @end_svc #TimeToAct

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Jolie: There is no disgrace in being a rape survivor

Angelina Jolie has said a summit on sexual violence in conflict must send a message around the world that there is "no disgrace" in being a survivor and that "the shame is on the aggressor".

UN special envoy Angelina Jolie makes her opening speech at the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
UN special envoy Angelina Jolie makes her opening speech at the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

The Oscar-winning actress dedicated the four-day London event to an unnamed and "abandoned" victim of rape in Bosnia.

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