UK Ambassador To Iran Has Left Tehran Amid Diplomatic Row


The British envoy was briefly detained in the Iranian capital on Saturday and accused of helping to organise unlawful protests after the Iranian government acknowledged its responsibility for accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian airliner amid fears of war with the US.

UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire departed Tehran Tuesday night by airplane via the Qatari capital of Doha, IRIB news agency correspondent Ameneh Sadat Zbihpour has reported.

The news comes a day after Iranian judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaili said Tehran was considering expelling the ambassador, saying the Iranian people “and the international community expect[ed] him to be expelled from the country”.

Macaire raised the ire of Iranian officials on Saturday after being spotted at an unauthorised protest in Tehran in reaction to the country’s admission that the Revolutionary Guards air defence troops had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian aircraft, mistaking it for an incoming US missile amid tensions with Washington over the assassination of a senior Iranian general.


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