Tehran summons Swiss envoy over missing of Iranian nuclear expert

21:59, June 09, 2010      

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Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Swiss ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti on Wednesday over the missing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in 2009, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

An official at Central and Northern American office of Iran's Foreign Ministry stressed that the U.S. is held accountable for the health of the Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri.

The official said that kidnapping the Iranian citizen by the U.S. goes against international laws and the international conventions that the U.S. is committed to, the report said.

Iran's state TV showed footage on Monday in which Shahram Amiri confirmed that he was kidnapped by the U.S. and Saudi intelligence services on a pilgrimage trip to Mecca in June 2009.

The Iranian official also called for the immediate return of Amiri to Iran without any precondition, according to ISNA.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran takes care of the U.S. interests in Iran, after Washington and Tehran broke off diplomatic relations in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Source: Xinhua


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