Perhaps Iran’s and Britain’s relations are at their lowest historical levels. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Islamic Republic of Iran which was known as Persia before 1935 have had political relations since the late Illkhanate period (13th century) when King Edward I of England sent Geoffrey of Langley to the Ilkhanid court to seek an alliance.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries have considerably deteriorated in the past 30 years, following the Islamic Revolution and continued animosity of London towards Tehran ever since.
In 2011 Iran downgraded its relations with Britain due to new sanctions put in place by the UK. The next day a band of students and Basijis attacked the UK embassy in Tehran, damaging property and driving the embassy staff away. On 30 November 2011, in response to the attack, the UK closed its embassy in Tehran and ordered the Iranian embassy in London closed. And the ties are not improved much so far.
Labyrinth gives an in-depth and comprehensive look into the ups and downs of Iranian and British relations over the centuries, starting from the British colonial period to the Islamic Revolution of Iran.
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