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Foreign Ministry Denies Allegations against Iranian Diplomat Arrested in Belgium

2020-10-15 01:10:12
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh rejects the allegation that the Iranian diplomat arrested in Belgium has warned Belgian officials, and described the claim, raised by Reuters and some other European media, as shallow fabrication.

“Such baseless reports are fabricated and published so as to be capitalized on in the future,” Khatibzadeh said in a Wednesday statement, describing such allegations as part of a media campaign.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the arrest of Mr Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat in Europe, as a move that is basically unlawful and in blatant violation of international practices and the contents of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Khatibzadeh said.

Accordingly, he added, Iran has already conveyed its strong official protest to relevant European authorities.

"We believe the violation of Mr Assadi's diplomatic immunity and his arrest and prosecution in Belgium is an unacceptable heresy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs still considers the countries involved in this case to be responsible for violating the Iranian diplomat's rights, and reserves the right to a proportionate response," he added.