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The British Foreign Office summoned the Iranian ambassador in London on Monday to express “strong objections” to the British ambassador’s arrest in Tehran for a short period, a spokesman for the British Prime Minister announced.
Tehran had criticized Ambassador Rob MacAir for attending an “illegal gathering” in violation of diplomatic agreements.
While the British spokesman said the arrest was “an unacceptable violation of the Vienna agreement,” adding that the UK had asked Ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad guarantees that it would not happen again.
On Sunday, demonstrators burned the British and Israeli flags in front of the United Kingdom embassy in Tehran, calling “death to Britain.”
Makir, who was briefly arrested, confirmed that he went to the declared gathering in honor of the victims of the crash of the Ukrainian civil plane, which was hit by a “mistake” with an Iranian missile.
After initially denying that, Iran admitted Saturday, three days after the Ukrainian plane crashed on January 8, that it had “accidentally” shot down a missile fired by its armed forces, thinking that it was a “hostile target”, which sparked a wave of discontent in the country.
Iran said its defenses were on alert at the time of the missile launch, in anticipation of a possible “all-out conflict” with the United States.
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