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Iran’s Judiciary Threatens to Expel UK Ambassador

Iran’s judiciary said it considered the UK ambassador to Tehran "persona non grata" for alleged participation in anti-government protests, escalating diplomatic tensions between the two countries, Financial Times reports.

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 — the expected diplomatic outcome for a person deemed persona non grata — would be taken by Iran’s foreign ministry.

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