Jan 21, 2020 04:01 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jan 21, 2020 09:46 Asia/Tehran]
  • Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi
    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi said the UK Ambassador to Tehran Rob Macaire was issued a serious notice against participating in illegal meetings.

Iran PressIran news: "We summoned him and stressed that if such actions are repeated, our response will not be limited to summoning. It was a clear message regarding the British envoy's non-conventional act," he said in an interview.

Macaire was arrested for briefly in front of Tehran's Amir Kabir University during a students' candle vigil to commemorate victims of the crashed Ukrainian Boeing 737 which was mistakenly shot down in Iran.

"When police informed me a man was arrested who claims to be UK Amb, I said IMPOSSIBLE! only after my phone conversation w him I identified, out of big surprise, that it's him. 15 min later he was free," Araghchi tweeted at the time.

To a question, the Iranian diplomat said Macaire traveled out of Iran for personal reasons and will be back, adding that the UK government has not introduced a new ambassador.

On January 15, the London-based newspaper Daily Telegraph reported that the Macaire will return to Iran after leaving his mission due to a pre-planned trip to London.

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