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Iran summons British envoy over Syria crisis

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the UK chargé d’affaires in Tehran to protest the UK officals’ “injudicious” remarks on Tehran’s policies with regard to the crisis in Syria.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday that the ministry’s deputy director general for West Europe affairs called in the British diplomat in the absence of the country’s ambassador to Tehran “following the UK officials’ injudicious remarks and stances on the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran concerning the Syria crisis.”

Iran’s strong protests over the British officials’ “unrealistic” comments were conveyed to the country’s chargé d’affaires, Qassemi said, adding that the diplomat was warned about “the destructive effects of such assertions and stances on Syria’s humanitarian situation as well as international peace and security.”

Iran and Britain have been supporting opposite sides to the conflict in Syria, which flared up in 2011.

According to an estimate by United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, the Syria crisis has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people.

The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.

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