British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday denounced the arrest of the U.Ok. ambassador to Iran as a “flagrant violation of international law.”
The ambassador, Rob Macaire, stated he was detained for half an hour on Saturday night after attending a vigil in Tehran for many who died within the downing of an Ukraine International Airlines flight, for which Iran has taken duty.
The vigil changed into a protest, prompting the ambassador to go away. Macaire was arrested on his means again to the embassy.
Raab stated the ambassador had been arrested “without grounds or explanation,” including: “The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”
Thanks for the various goodwill messages. Can verify I wasn’t collaborating in any demonstrations! Went to an occasion marketed as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. Normal to need to pay respects- a few of victims had been British. I left after 5 minutes, when some began chanting.
— Rob Macaire (@HMATehran) January 12, 2020
Iran’s official information company IRNA stated Sunday that the nation’s overseas ministry “awaits details” concerning the ambassador’s arrest, reporting that Macaire had been arrested “for taking part in the protest.”
Macaire on Sunday morning denied collaborating in any demonstration, saying: “I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting.”
Ambassadors have diplomatic immunity beneath the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
The EU’s overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell expressed concern over Macaire’s detention, tweeting: “Full respect of the Vienna convention is a must. The EU calls for deescalation and space for diplomacy.”
Also on Sunday, Raab known as on Iran to “come to the negotiating table” to keep away from the battle escalating any additional.
In an opinion article for the Sunday Telegraph, Raab wrote: “No one wants a Middle Eastern war … We need to de-escalate the situation. But we must also stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
Raab stated Tehran had “stretched [the U.K.’s] patience” when it declared it might step down from commitments made beneath the Iran nuclear deal following the U.S. killing of Iranian normal Qassem Soleimani. He stated the U.Ok., Germany and France “made clear we are now considering triggering the dispute resolution mechanism” of the deal.
The downing of the Ukrainian Airways Flight has introduced the Iranian regime to a “crossroads,” Raab wrote.
“It is time for them to come to the negotiating table. If Iran has the will, Britain will use its diplomatic energy to work with all of our allies to chart a peaceful way forwards,” he added.