Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed his desire Thursday to visit London for the 2012 Olympics, as he wants to be with the Iranian athletes to cheer them.
"I like to be by the side of young Iranian athletes in 2012 Olympics, but they (host country) have problems with this issue," Ahmadinejad said, Xinhua reported citing IRNA news agency.
In November 2011, two compounds of the British embassy in Tehran were stormed by Iranian protestors.
The storming of the British embassy followed the Iranian high legislative body Guardian Council's approval of a parliamentary bill expelling the British ambassador as a result of the 2011 joint American-British-Canadian sanctions on the Islamic republic.
A British flag was taken down and replaced by the Iranian flag by the protestors and the British government later recalled its embassy staff from Iran and closed its embassy in the Islamic republic.
On Nov 30, 2011, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that all Iranian diplomats had been expelled.