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Iran says UK envoy arrested but freed once identified
Iran says UK envoy arrested but freed once identified

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said on Sunday that Britain’s ambassador to Tehran, Rob Macaire, was arrested as a foreigner at “an illegal gathering” but was freed soon after being identified.


“He wasn’t detained, but arrested as unknown foreigner in an illegal gathering,” Seyed Abbas Araghchi tweeted, adding Macaire was released 15 minutes after he called the British diplomat to confirm his identity.


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Britain’s ambassador to Tehran denied that he took part in a demonstration that broke out at a memorial for the 176 people killed when a plane was shot down.


The EU’s diplomatic chief criticized Iran on Sunday for briefly detaining the British ambassador to Tehran, calling for “de-escalation”.