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UK daily reporter was not expelled, Iran says

London, Jan 8, IRNA - Iran has criticised a leading British newspaper for claiming that its correspondent was expelled from the country without explanation.

"Robert Tait's case was not expulsion," the press section of the Iranian Embassy in London emphasized in a letter to the Guardian newspaper.

The embassy said it was "fair" to report the fact that Tait served three years in Iran without any problem adding that the news article about his departure was "one-sided and mixed with marginal issues." The article, published on Saturday, "shows an inappropriate way of accusing Iranian government which had courtesy for him during all these years," the letter said.

"The Guardian's continued presence in Iran is still welcome by introducing a new correspondent," the press section of the embassy told the newspaper.

The embassy, it said, "still considers the Guardian as a professional and a quality paper whose stances on some international developments are respected."

"In this regard, the Guardian's editors and columnists have had full and incomparable support from the embassy in recent years in their applications to travel to Iran," the letter said.

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