Europe

Iran summons UK envoy over Aleppo comments

Iran's foreign ministry has summoned the British envoy in Tehran after the U.K. accused Iran of playing a role in the "suffering" of the people of Syria's Aleppo.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, says Iran's foreign ministry has told the U.K. charge d'affaires in Tehran that Iran's policy is to establish peace in Syria and provide humanitarian assistance to the people of that country.

On Thursday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson summoned the Iranian and Russian ambassadors to convey his profound concern over their countries' role in the suffering of Aleppo's residents.

Ghasemi also said Iranian officials stressed the need for the British government to cut off any assistance or support to terrorist groups.