Foreign and Commonwealth Office – 2020 Press Release on Arrest of Ambassador to Iran

Below is a press release issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 11/01/2020.

The British Ambassador to Iran was briefly detained by Iranian authorities on 11 January.

Following the brief detention of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

“The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law. 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.”