Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Robert Macaire, was briefly detained on Saturday as the country faces international condemnation over their downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 earlier this week.
Britain’s Foreign secretary Dominic Raab in a statement condemned the arrest, calling the detainment “a flagrant violation of international law.”
“The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law
“The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards,” the statement further read.
Rob Macaire, who has been Britain’s envoy to the Islamic republic since March 2018, was arrested as he stopped at a barber shop for a haircut after attending a vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran last week.