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British envoy: No malicious intentions behind published photo

Tehran, IRNA – The British Ambassador to Tehran Simon Shercliff on Thursday felt sorry for the misunderstanding in publishing a photo with the Russian envoy in Tehran, stressing that there were no malicious intentions behind this issue.

The Director-General of the Eurasian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran has invited the British ambassador to Tehran Simon Shercliff to the Iranian Foreign Ministry to demand an explanation about a picture released by the Russian Embassy in Tehran.

Calling this action unacceptable, which has hurt the Iranians national feelings and pride, the Iranian officials said that the great people of Iran throughout history have always proved that they strongly stand against any movements that have resulted in arrogance.

British envoy also expressed his respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the people, and the history of this country, saying, "I emphasize that there were no malicious intentions behind this issue."

The ambassadors sought to remind the Russian-British alliance against the Nazi army during World War II, he added.

In the end, the British ambassador expressed hope that during his mission in Tehran, he would be able to help develop the relations between the two states, based on gaining and promoting mutual respect and trust. 

Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also slammed Russian and British Ambassadors for publishing the picture.

Nominee for Iran’s Foreign Ministry Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday called for compensation for the mistake made by Russia and Britain Ambassadors in publishing a controversial picture.

The Twitter account of Russia’s Embassy in Iran published a photo yesterday, showing the new British Ambassador to Tehran Simon Shercliff sitting with Russia’s Ambassador Levan Dzhagaryan on the upstairs in the porch of the Russian Embassy building.

The location and setting reminded the 1943 Tehran conference where the then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, then US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and then Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin sit at the same place for the photo opportunity.

The conference is widely notorious among Iranians and is considered as aggression and humiliation of Iranian identity and sovereignty. The photo was broadly criticized by all walks of life in Iranian media and social networks.

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