Report quoting an Iranian cleric: expelling the British ambassador is the best move

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

A prominent conservative cleric in Iran was quoted by the Islahat news site on Tuesday as saying that expelling the British ambassador would be “the best thing that could happen to him” or else the supporters of Iran’s military commander Qassem Soleimani might have torn it apart.

Ayatollah Ahmad Alam al-Hoda’s imam, Friday prayers in the city of Mashhad in eastern Iran, refers to Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, who was killed in a US airliner strike on January 3.

Iran briefly detained the British ambassador on Saturday, in a move that London said was a violation of diplomatic norms. The ambassador said he was taking part in a memorial service for the victims of the stricken Ukrainian plane in Iran. Tehran accused the ambassador of participating in an illegal protest.

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