Monday, January 13, 2020

Iran detains British ambassador after accusing him of supporting protesters

Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Robert Macaire, was briefly detained over the weekend as the country faces international condemnation over their downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 earlier this week. The news was first reported by Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency.

“The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” Britain’s  Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

“The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards,” the statement continued.

The missile strike on the plane, which killed 176 people, including 82 Iranian nationals, sparked protests against the Iranian regime.  In a tweet, Tasnim accused Macaire of “organizing suspicious movements and protests in front of Amir Kabir University.” They also said the ambassador, who was released, would be summoned Sunday to account for his actions.

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