Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Iran accused of violence against French diplomats in Tehran

The French embassy in Tehran has accused Iranian security services of carrying out "unacceptable acts of violence" on its diplomatic personnel residing in the Iranian capital.

The French foreign ministry released a statement saying, "On November 14, particularly serious incidents took place at the entry to the ambassadorial residence in Tehran. Its entry was blocked by unidentified security services who proceeded to arrest guests of the French ambassador and carried out unacceptable acts of violence including against French diplomatic personnel.”

Iran is yet to comment on the claims. However, France has summoned the Iranian ambassador in Paris to express, “condemnation of this extremely serious violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.”

The incident occurred when Iranian security officials proceeded to arrest some guests arriving at the residence of French ambassador Bernard Poletti, who had invited French and Iranian guests there for an evening of Persian music. Insiders say that the latest incident is another sign of the ongoing tensions between the two countries, which have been further strained by France's tough stand on Iran's nuclear programme.

Source: iAfrica

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