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UK has always intervened in Iran’s internal affairs: historian

A prominent Iranian historian has criticized the interference of British officials in Iran's internal affairs, saying Britain has always inflicted damages on Iran.

“The British Ambassador to Tehran Simon Gass is the nephew or grandchild of Neville Gass, a notorious English element in Iran whom the Iranians have a bad memory of,” Khosrow Motazed told Fars news agency on Saturday.

The historian cited the 1901 oil contract between Iran and Britain, signed through offering bribes to Iranian officials, as London's biggest betrayal to Tehran, which led to the plunder of Iran's oil for 50 years.

Motazed added that Britain currently blames Iran for acts of violence while British kings, including King Henry VIII, cut the necks of his five wives with an axe “under unfounded pretexts to obtain his own objectives.”

He also pointed to the 1912 and 1913 oil contracts which gave more rights to Britain to extract and sell Iranian oil and said, “At that time, Neville Gass sought to extend the Gass-Golshayan agreement by 2010. He was forced to cancel it due to the objection of the then Iranian people and officials.”

Motazed described Neville Gass as a “disreputable” politician and said, “When he came to Iran, French media termed him as a trickster who travelled to Iran to deceive Iranian people.”

The historian noted that Neville Gass came to Iran at the time of former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and perused Britain's policy which finally led to the overthrow of Mosaddeq's government.

Motazed said Britain provoked Iran into waging a war with Russia, adding, “This caused Iran to lose its northern cities because Britain sought to undermine ties between Iran and Russia.”

He said British officials have always betrayed Iran, stressing, “They prepared the ground for the separation of Herat from Iran … in order to prevent Russia's attack on India.”

Photo: British Ambassador to Tehran Simon Gass

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