TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s ambassador to London rejected a report from Sky News that Britain has reduced staff at its embassies in Iran and Iraq to a minimum level amid security concerns after the US assassination of Iranian commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani.
In a spot on his Twitter account on Tuesday, Hamid Baeidinejad denied the report released by Sky News about the withdrawal of British diplomat from Iran and Iraq.
“Bizarre to see Sky News -once a Murdoch outlet- put out fake news about UK downgrade in diplomatic presence, as I was literally today in an FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK) meeting to EXPAND the presence in Tehran,” the Iranian envoy tweeted.
“16 years after Iraq invasion, UK public is being misled again. By the same people,” he added.
In a report on Monday, Sky News claimed that Britain has reduced staff at its embassies in Iran and Iraq to a minimum level due to security concerns after the assassination of General Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad.
General Soleimani, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi, and a number of their entourage were killed in a missile attack by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.
The White House and the Pentagon said the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.
In a message on Friday morning, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned that harsh revenge awaits the criminals behind the martyrdom of General Soleimani.
Ayatollah Khamenei also reminded all friends and enemies of the Iranian general that the resistance path will continue vigorously, stressing that continued battle and ultimate victory will disappoint the murderers and criminals.