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Iran to get access to diplomats seized in Iraq

Baghdad, April 4, IRNA - Iran's Embassy in Iraq strives to get access to the five Iranian diplomats seized by the US forces in northern Iraqi city of Erbil, Embassy official said on Wednesday.

US forces broke into Iran's consulate in Erbil on January 11 after disarming its guards and using force to break the gate of the consulate building.

They ransacked the consulate, seized six consular staff (one of whom has been released). They also seized the consulate's computers and documents.

"Iran's Embassy in Iraq in cooperation with Iraqi officials and the UN representative, an envoy from Iran's Embassy is scheduled to meet with the diplomats," the official told IRNA.

The US forces gave no information on whereabouts of the diplomats are being kept and their situation.

Iran's Embassy in Iraq pursued the case through the Iraqi government and officials and in cooperation with the UN Special Envoy for Iraq Affairs Ashraf Qazi, he said.

He said that the US troops objection to contact the diplomats during the past two months ran counter to international treaties.

Based on the Vienna Convention, every envoy of consulate has the right to meet and become informed on seized nationals in the host country at the earliest time.

He maintained that illegal seizure of the Iranian diplomats was politically-motivated.

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