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Wednesday, 01 February 2023 09:28 GMT

British expert: UK seems random, toothless against Iran


(MENAFN) A British analyst has attacked the approach of London in dealing with Iran at the rear of the execution of Alireza Akbari.

In an observation for the Guardian, Simon Tisdall slammed UK Premier Rishi Sunak as well as Foreign Secretary James Cleverly for utilizing “culturally insulting language” in criticizing the execution of Akbari.

“Culturally insulting language used by Rishi Sunak and James Cleverly will increase tension between the two countries,” Tisdall published.

He talked about the emotional baggage Iranians convey in how they traditionally look at Britain. “Britain’s relationship with Iran has a fraught, unedifying history, dating back to the 18th-century imperial tussle between England, Napoleonic France, and tsarist Russia for control of Persia. Iranians have long memories. To this day, they blame the UK for many of their woes,” the analyst said in a written statement.

He then cautioned Sunak and Cleverly for saying inappropriate words in criticizing the execution. “Sunak and Cleverly’s ill-judged, culturally insulting condemnation of the regime as ‘barbaric’ will further raise tensions,” in line with the written statement.

And continue: “Rather than making Britain sound strong and resolute, Cleverly’s choice of language smacks of powerlessness. Former Tory foreign secretaries Douglas Hurd and Lord Carrington would not have been so clumsy. But standards have fallen a lot since their time.”

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