The Daily Reality of Iranian Diplomatic Expulsions via Phone Calls

Iran summoned the British charge d’affaires to Tehran yesterday to protest the statements in which London claimed that Tehran would make “threats” to journalists working in the UK. Charge d’affaires Isabelle March was summoned to Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday “to protest the country’s government’s continued baseless allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Iran’s news agency (IRNA) said. “. Health”.

Iran International TV announced on Saturday that it had been forced to close its London offices, on police advice, due to threats attributed to the Iranian regime. The channel, which has about 100 employees in London, has decided to broadcast from Washington without interruptions.

The channel secured extensive coverage of the anti-government protests that erupted in Iran five months ago and said two of its top journalists had received death threats in response to their services.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Tuesday: “I am shocked by the Iranian regime’s continued threats against journalists working in the UK, and I summoned its representative today to make it clear that this issue is unacceptable.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said Cleverly’s remarks were a continuation of Iranophobia and called for “an end to this hostile approach by the British government”.

Iran’s relations with Britain have deteriorated since Britain imposed new sanctions on Iranian officials in relation to the crackdown on demonstrations triggered by the death of a young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, after her arrest by the morality police.

Relations worsened last month after Iran executed British-Iranian Ali Reza Akbari, who was found guilty of spying for the United Kingdom. In Berlin, Germany announced yesterday to be in about to expel two diplomats working at the Iranian embassy in Berlin, after the death sentence handed down by an Iranian court against a citizen of the two countries.

German Foreign Minister Analina Baerbock said in a press release: After the death sentence handed down Tuesday against Jamshid Sharmahd, “I summoned the charge d’affaires of the Iranian embassy. We told him that we would not accept the gross violation of a German citizen’s rights “the law”.

The Austrian Foreign Ministry announced the man’s arrest in October and said he was in constant contact with his family. On Tuesday, he said, “He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for espionage and two years of probation.” in case of good conduct”. And the ministry added that it learned of the verdict on Monday and summoned the Iranian ambassador on Tuesday to express “our strong protest”.

He added that the Austrian ambassador in Iran has been able to meet the man during three prison visits since his arrest, and the ministry stressed: “We will continue to use all possibilities to provide the best possible consular support to him and to all Austrian citizens detained around the world.” Iran is holding back in Iran 17 Western passport holders, most of whom have dual nationals, including two Austrian Iranians, and Tehran says all have been subjected to proper judicial procedures, but human rights organizations say they are innocent and are being held as part of a “hostage-taking” policy to extract concessions from foreign governments. Activists fear there may be other unconfirmed cases. An Iranian court on Tuesday handed down the death sentence against a German Iranian, whose supporters say he was abducted abroad and forcibly deported in Iran to undergo a mock trial. Germany condemned the sentence, calling it “inhumane”.