Iran summons British envoy after ‘interventionist comments’
Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to Tehran on Tuesday in response to “interventionist comments” from the British Foreign Office.
“The British side, by issuing unilateral statements, shows that it has a role in the belligerent scenarios of terrorists active against the Islamic Republic,” added the director general for Western Europe at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, after having said London’s remarks on Iran’s internal affairs were “based on misleading and provocative interpretations”.
Britain’s Foreign Office said on Monday it had summoned the Iranian Chargé d’Affaires, Iran’s top diplomat in Britain, over the crackdown on protests following the death of Mahsa Amini in custody.
“The violence being meted out to protesters in Iran by security forces is truly shocking,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.
The British envoy to Tehran was summoned on Tuesday, but local media reported on Wednesday.
The Iranian official added that Tehran was considering possible options in response to any unusual action by Britain.
A 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian, Amini was arrested on September 13 by Tehran vice police for wearing “inappropriate clothing” and after two hours was transferred to hospital with a serious head injury that plunged her into the coma. She died three days later, sparking nationwide protests. So far, nearly 150 people have been killed in the ensuing government crackdown.