Sunday, June 27, 2004

U.S. Occupation Forces Release Iranian Diplomat In Baghdad

Description of Selected News: "U.S. Occupation Forces Release Iranian Diplomat In Baghdad

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) - U.S. occupation forces released on Sunday morning the second highest-ranking diplomat of the Iranian embassy to Baghdad after a 20-hour detention.
According to reports the Iranian diplomat was accompanied by two other diplomats and a driver; the diplomats were returning to Baghdad from the Khosravi border.
The high-ranking Iranian diplomat began his mission in Iraq three months ago; The Iraqi foreign ministry has authorized the diplomat to stay in Iraq for a one-year term.
Following this measure that seems to be in response to the detention of eight British soldiers by Iranian naval units, Iran will probably summon the Swiss ambassador to the foreign ministry who cares about the U.S. interests section in Iran.
Certain Arab media claimed on Sunday that the coalition forces in Iraq have detained an Iranian security official in the Iran-Iraq border.
Iranian foreign ministry officials have not yet confirmed the report."

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