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Representative of U.S. interests in Iran summoned to the foreign ministry

TEHRAN, May.14 (ISNA)-The Swiss ambassador to Tehran and the representative of US interests in the Islamic Republic of Iran was summoned to the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs.

Swiss ambassador to Iran, Philippe Welti

The Iranian foreign ministry declared its disappointment about the 5 kidnapped Iranian diplomats in Iraq.

U.S. forces kidnapped five Iranian diplomats in Arbil on January 11 under the pretext that they were fomenting unrest in Iraq.

In the meeting, the U.S. desk general director in the Iranian foreign ministry referred to the act of raiding Iran's general consulate office in Arbil as illegal and violation of international rules and conventions.

He further stated that such initiatives would discredit the international face of the U.S. in the public opinion and the region.

He called for immediate and unconditional release of the 5 detained diplomats.

For his part, the Swiss ambassador to Iran, Philippe Welti emphasized that he would convey Iran's message of disappointment to the U.S. government and call for the release of the detained diplomats.

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