Iran and Britain’s history of strained relations

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DUBAI (Reuters) – British-Iranian relations, which have been strained for decades, were back in the spotlight after Iranian authorities executed British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari for spying, charges he had denied. Here is a timeline of main bilateral developments since the 1950s: 1953 – Britain and the United States help orchestrate the overthrow of popular Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and restore Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to power. 1979 – Islamic Revolution overthrows the U.S.-backed Shah. 1980 – Britain closes its embassy in Tehran. 1988 – Britain restores full diplomatic relatio…

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