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Spain wants Iran apology over diplomat's detention

Spain wants Iran apology over diplomat's detention

Spain says it might recall its ambassador to Iran for consultations, unless Iran explains and apologizes for the detention of a Spanish diplomat amid street protests.
Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez told reporters the government might take this step if Iran does not apologize in two days or so. "This is a very serious and unacceptable incident," she said.
Ignacio Perez Cambra, the No. 3 diplomat at the Spanish Embassy in Tehran, was held in a police station for four hours Monday, while tens of thousands of people attended an opposition-led rally in Tehran, a ministry official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with ministry rules.
Jimenez said arresting diplomats is illegal under international conventions, and that Perez Cambra had identified himself.
She said Spain on Monday summoned the Iranian ambassador in Madrid for an explanation, but the ambassador said he knew nothing about the detention.
The ministry official could not confirm Spanish media reports that Perez Cambra had been watching the opposition rally with the Spanish ambassador and was detained as he returned to the embassy.
The Iranian Embassy said it had no immediate comment.


Updated : 2021-10-21 19:19 GMT+08:00