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European Community foreign ministers decided in Brussels that member nations may send their ambassadors back to Iran, but a ban on high-level visits will continue, Geoffrey Howe of Britain said. The 12 nations recalled their envoys Feb. 20 in response to the order by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that author Salman Rushdie, a British citizen born in India, be killed for blaspheming Islam in his novel, “The Satanic Verses.” Britain closed its Tehran mission in protest, and Iran broke relations with London early this month. Declaring that “there is no change in our position,” Howe said Britain’s mission will remain closed. Rushdie remains in hiding.


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