Iran declares UK ambassador to Tehran as persona non grata

epa08120575 Iranians protest to show their sympathy to victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 in front of the Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, 11 January 2020. The Iranian military released a statement on 11 January 2020 that Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down due to 'human error.' The passemger jet en route from Tehran to Kiev crashed minutes after takeoff on 08 January 2020, all all 167 passengers and nine crew members aboard were killed. EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

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Iran’s judiciary said it considered the UK ambassador to Tehran persona non grata for alleged participation in anti-government protests, escalating diplomatic tensions between the two countries, FT reports.

Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, the spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, said Rob Macaire had played a “provocative role” in recent protests, when he attended a vigil at the weekend for passengers killed in the downing of a passenger jet last week.

“It is not acceptable for us to see that the British ambassador went outside the embassy and took part in an illegal gathering, filmed it and had a provocative role in its continuation,” Mr Esmaili told reporters in Iran on Tuesday. “This person is persona non grata . . . while people’s expectations and international regulations necessitate his expulsion.”

Via Financial Times

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