Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran Definition
(Wikipedia) - The Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United States is a part of the embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C. , and is the de facto diplomatic representation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United States. When the US and Iran cut diplomatic ties, both agreed to establish what are known as "interest sections" to look after their interests, with third countries serving as protecting powers. The US has an interests section in Tehran, which is part of the embassy of Switzerland. However, services for American citizens are limited. The section does not issue U.S. visas. Interests sectionsIn some cases, nations which have no direct bilateral ties will be represented by an "interests section" housed as part of the embassy of a third-country recognised by both. For instance, the United States of America is nominally represented by the Swiss embassy in both Iran and Cuba, with the corresponding delegations to the US housed as part of recognised Swiss or Pakistani diplomatic missions.Previous examples of interests sections include those of Britain and Argentina between 1982 and 1992, during which time there was a British interests section of the Swiss embassy in Buenos Aires, and an Argentine interests section of the Brazilian embassy in London Similarly, Iraq maintained an interest section in the Jordanian embassy in London between 1990 and 2003. Prior to the restoration of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Portugal, severed following the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, Portugal established an interests section in the Dutch embassy in Jakarta, while Indonesia established an interests section in the Thai embassy in Lisbon.
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