Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire

British amb. to Iran arrested, held for several hours in Tehran after attending vigil

Sun, Jan. 12, 2020
TEHRAN, Jan 12 (MENA) - Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, has been arrested and held for several hours after attending a vigil for the victims of the Ukraine plane crash which turned into a demonstration, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Details of his arrest were announced by the country’s semi-official Tasnim news agency and prompted an angry response from Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab.

"The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” he said.

"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 deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forward."

It is understood that the event which Macaire attended had been advertised as a vigil at Amir Kabir University for the 176 victims of the Tehran plane crash last week.
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