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US News Iran’s judiciary declares UK ambassador ‘persona non grata’

14:10  14 january  2020
14:10  14 january  2020 Source:   ft.com

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  Iran releases video of UK ambassador at 'protest' before arrest Iranian police have released video of British ambassador Rob Macaire - shortly before he was arrested in Tehran on Saturday. The move comes as Iran's ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, is summoned to the Foreign Office following the "unacceptable" treatment of Rob Macaire, to enable ministers to convey their "strong objections".Mr Macaire, who was later released, said he had gone to a vigil for the people who died when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner, and left when some chanting began. © Other Rob Macaire was filmed in Tehran.

In diplomacy, a persona non grata (Latin: "person not appreciated", plural: personae non gratae) is a foreign person whose entering or remaining in a particular country is prohibited by that country' s

This is a list of people declared persona non grata . Persona non grata (Latin, plural: personae non gratae), literally meaning "an unwelcome person"

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: An undated handout picture released by Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on January 13, 2020, shows Britain's Ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire. - Britain summoned the Iranian ambassador on Monday to protest the detention of London's envoy to Tehran at the weekend, the government said. London wanted to convey its © Provided by The Financial Times An undated handout picture released by Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on January 13, 2020, shows Britain's Ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire. - Britain summoned the Iranian ambassador on Monday to protest the detention of London's envoy to Tehran at the weekend, the government said. London wanted to convey its "strong objections" about the "unacceptable breach" of diplomatic protocol, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said. Ambassador Rob Macaire was arrested on Saturday after a demonstration that broke out at a memorial for 176 people killed when Iran's armed forces mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane last week. (Photo by HO / BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / FOREIGN OFFICE " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by HO/BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran’s judiciary said it considered the UK ambassador to Tehran persona non grata, claiming he participated in anti-government protests in a major escalation of diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

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German Ambassador Daniel Kriener has been told to leave Venezuela within 48 hours. He has been accused by the Maduro government of meddling Germany consults with allies. The German Foreign Office confirmed the diplomat' s expulsion: "Daniel Kriener has been declared a persona non grata .

The Venezuelan authorities have declared the German ambassador Daniel Kriener persona non grata over what it called “interference into its internal The ambassador ’ s actions “contradicted the essential norms … of diplomatic relations” and are considered “hostile and unfriendly,” the ministry

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.”

Mr Esmaili said the final decision over Mr Macaire’s expulsion would be taken by Iran’s foreign ministry but “as far as we are concerned he is a persona non grata” and the Islamic republic “can expel him”.

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The persona non grata declaration is the most damning form of censure a country can bestow on foreign diplomats considering they are protected from arrests and other forms of prosecution under diplomatic immunity. A person declared as such can be recalled from a diplomatic mission or have

Sir Ivor Roberts, a former UK ambassador in Dublin, said Number 10 should consider telling Woody Johnson that An ex-diplomat today said the UK should consider declaring US ambassador Woody Johnson a ' persona non grata ' unless Donald Trump changes his position on a transatlantic row

  Iran’s judiciary declares UK ambassador ‘persona non grata’ © Getty

The Iranian foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A UK Foreign Office official declined to comment on the Iranian judiciary’s statement but said Mr Macaire would be returning to London for a brief prearranged visit this week as part of his normal routine as ambassador.

The statement by the Iranian judiciary came as Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, reiterated his appeal to US president Donald Trump to seek a new nuclear deal with Iran.

“From the American perspective it’s a flawed deal, it expires, and it was negotiated by President Obama,” Mr Johnson told the BBC on Tuesday in his first major interview since Christmas. “Let’s replace it and let’s replace it with the Trump deal. That’s what we need to see. And that would be a great way forward.”

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Since the US walked away from the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord in 2018, Tehran has stepped up its research on acquiring nuclear weapons, while pressing the EU signatories — France, Germany and the UK — to find ways to counter the impact of US sanctions.

The prime minister, who first called for a “ Trump deal” for Iran last September, issued a transparent appeal to the US president’s self-declared ability to cut deals. “President Trump is a great dealmaker by his own account, and by many others,” he said.

This month’s US assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful general, has inflamed tension in the Middle East, leading to Iranian missile strikes on bases in Iraq housing US troops and placing the existing nuclear agreement under more pressure.

Poster of slain military commander Qasem Soleimani off a main square in the Islamic republic's capital Tehran on January 11, 2020 © Getty Poster of slain military commander Qasem Soleimani off a main square in the Islamic republic's capital Tehran on January 11, 2020

Instability in Iran increased further on Saturday when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard admitted it had mistakenly shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines flight that crashed shortly after take off from Tehran last week killing all 176 people on board.

As thousands of Iranians, including students from top universities, poured on to the streets of the capital at the weekend to protest against the tragic incident, Mr Macaire was seen outside the Amirkabir University in downtown Tehran and then briefly detained.

In a sign of the escalating diplomatic tensions between the UK and Iran, Mr Esmaili compared the UK to the US, describing both countries as “bloodthirsty”.

“They want to take revenge,” he said. “During the floods [last year], they prevented international aid from reaching Iran. If they liked Iranians, they would not have committed this crime.”

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Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes in Iran, killing 176 .
An airplane carrying at least 170 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, killing all onboard, state TV reported. The crash is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues.TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard, state TV reported.

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