Aug 14, 2021, 12:47 PM
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Supreme Leader's Representative reacts to Russia, Britain envoys’ mistake

Tehran, IRNA – The head of the representatives of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution at Iranian universities criticized Russian and British ambassadors to Tehran for their strange photo taken in the Russian Embassy, saying that Iranians had a good reaction to this mistake.

Mostafa Rostami said here on Saturday that the recent reactions of various Iranian intellectual, political, and student groups to the British and Russian ambassadors in Tehran, shows the anti-hegemonic spirit of Iranians.

Instead of publishing this stupid photo, the ones who occupied Iran in World War II, should apologize to Iranians for their oppressive presence over the past two centuries,  added the Supreme Leader's representatives at Iranian universities.

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 on Wednesday, showing the new British Ambassador to Tehran Simon Shercliff sitting with Russia’s Ambassador Levan Dzhagaryan 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 sat 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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