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Jan 12, 2020

January 12, 2020

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The UK's ambassador to Iran was temporarily detained in the capital Tehran, according to an Iranian news agency.

Semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim reported that Robert Macaire was arrested on Saturday for his presence at a gathering in front of Amir Kabir University.

The 53-year-old was released a few hours later, Tasnim said.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law.

“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 de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

Protests have erupted in Tehran after Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 179 people on board.

Updated: January 12, 2020 01:53 AM

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