(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Parliament Speaker has missioned the Chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission to investigate a nighttime gathering with the presence of a British diplomat in Tehran.
At the plenary meeting on Monday, conservative MP Alireza Salimi pointed to the mixed party involving the British diplomat, saying: “It is astonishing that an embassy in our country holds a mixed party for the so-called artists in Ramadan and serves alcohol.”
He added that this embassy holds an iftar ceremony one day and a mixed party the next, and called on the Speaker to remind the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Guidance to prevent such anomalies.
Speaker Ali Larijani asked the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission to follow-up on this matter.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that some media outlets reported a few days earlier that two British and Dutch diplomats had been arrested at a nighttime party in Tehran. They were both freed after identification. The British diplomat, Phoebe Evans, is the UK Embassy's economic attaché in Tehran. However, the party was not held at the British Embassy.
Iranian law bans mixed parties and alcoholic drinks. Critics now state that diplomats must abide by the laws of the country in which they are missioned.
Today, another conservative MP Seyed Hossein Naghavi criticized a request by the British Embassy for Iranian companies to donate money for the Queen’s birthday, adding: “The British must explain how they can make such a request at a time when Iran is under the severest sanctions in history and the UK is also part of this Western puzzle against Tehran, inflicting heavy losses on Iranian companies.”
It must be noted that the British Embassy in Tehran has sent an email to Iranian companies invited to the annual Queens’ Birthday Party to sponsor the high-profile event by paying 2500 pounds in return for a stand in which they could promote their brand, products, and services.
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