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British Special Envoy Named for Afghanistan - 2002-02-27


Britain has named a veteran diplomat, who was rejected by Iran as ambassador to Tehran, as Britain's special representative for Afghanistan.

The British Foreign Office says David Reddaway will travel widely as he tries to garner support for rebuilding Afghanistan.

Britain nominated Mr. Reddaway as its ambassdor to Iran but Iran's government refused him earlier this month after weeks of delay. Hardline Iranian newspapers mounted a campaign against the diplomat, alleging he is Jewish and has links to British intelligence -- allegations rejected by Britain.

The 48-year-old Mr. Reddaway is married to an Iranian, is fluent in Farsi, and had two diplomatic postings in Tehran.

Britain says it has no plans to nominate anyone else as ambassador to Iran.

Since Iran rejected Mr. Reddaway, Britain has been treating Iran's ambassador in London as a charge d'affaires.

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