Watch: British diplomat stands to pay respects to Iranian dictator

May 22, 2024 by

by Joe Barnes and Daniel Martin, The Telegraph:

Ben Wallace criticises the move saying it ‘has to be one of the lowest points for the Foreign Office’.

Britain’s representative on the UN Security Council has been criticised after standing in silence to mark the death of Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hardline president.

James Kuriuki, the UK’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, joined his colleagues to observe a moment of silence for the leader, whose killings earned him the nickname the “Butcher of Tehran”.

The British diplomat stood alongside his American counterpart at the beginning of the 9,629th meeting of the Security Council, for the silence requested by Russia, China and Algeria.

Ben Wallace, the former defence secretary, said: “Standing in silence for the death of the president of Iran in the UN has to be one of the lowest points for the Foreign Office.”

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