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Swiss Charge D'Affaires Summoned to Iran's Foreign Ministry

Tehran, Aug 29, IRNA - Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said following detention of an Iranian technical delegation in Baghdad, Swiss charge d'affaires in Tehran, as the US interest section in Iran, was summoned to the foreign ministry.

Hosseini added, "Iran presented its strong protest to US behavior which is contradictory to the international laws and regulations and asked for explanations."

According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report on Wednesday, Hosseini said, "The US forces in an interventionist act arrested members of an Iranian technical delegation in their hotel in Baghdad on Tuesday evening.

The group were experts from Iran's energy ministry, who arrived in Baghdad upon an invitation of Iraq energy ministry to discuss construction of a power plant in Iraq.

The spokesman said the action was contradictory to the responsibilities of foreign forces in Iraq and it could be another mistake of the US forces.

Hosseini added, "The Iranian detainees were released early Wednesday morning by efforts of Iraqi high ranking officials and Iran's embassy in Baghdad and the group started its work again."

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