New British ambassador appointed to Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 27 / Trend T.Konyayeva, D.Khatinoglu/
New British Ambassador Dominick John Chilcott has been appointed to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mehr News Agency reported on Thursday.
He replaced Simon Gass, who has been transferred to another diplomatic service.
Chilcott has already submitted his credentials to Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
Earlier in January, a group of Iranian lawmakers announced plans to set up a special fraction at the parliament tasked with pursuing initiatives to cut all relations with the British government, following remarks made by the former British ambassador to Iran Simon Gass for criticizing the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic.
"The lawyers, journalists, NGO members experience such pressure nowhere in the world as in Iran," the ambassador said. He also drew attention to numerous cases of arrests of human rights defenders in Iran.
Gass was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, where the inadmissibility of interfering in the internal affairs of Iran was pointed out to him.