Iranian cleric warns against UN, EU support to Britain

December 3rd, 2011 - 2:37 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Dec 3 (IANS) A senior Iranian cleric has warned the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the European Union (EU) not to offer support to Britain over the British embassy dispute, Xinhua reported.

According to the official IRNA news agency, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said during the Friday prayer in Tehran that Britain had lost its reputation before the Muslim world, especially Iran, so it wanted to have the European states and international organisations share such a hefty cost with it.

Iran’s highest legislative body, the Guardian Council of the Constitution, Monday unanimously approved reducing diplomatic ties with Britain in response to its “hostile” policy against Iran.

A day after the approval, Iranian protesters stormed the compounds of the British embassy and the British Council in Tehran, urging the government to expel the British ambassador.

The UNSC Tuesday condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks against the British embassy and council in Tehran.

At a meeting in Brussels Thursday, EU foreign ministers decided to tighten sanctions against Iran in response to Tuesday’s incidents and Iran’s controversial nuclear programme.

Ambassadors and diplomats from 25 countries visited the two British compounds in Tehran Thursday, as a sign of support to Britain.

The move was strongly criticised by several Iranian lawmakers.

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