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US forces in Iraq prevent consular contact with kidnapped Iranian diplomats

Tehran, May 16, IRNA - The US forces in Iraq prevented consular contact with the five kidnapped Iranian diplomats in Erbil.

The Iranian diplomats were kidnapped by US forces in Iraq three months ago, he said adding that unfortunately despite Iran's formal request for their release, the diplomats are deprived of any consular contacts which is against diplomatic and consular norms.

Iranian diplomats requested consular contacts through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which has been turned down by US forces, an Iranian official told IRNA.

Such measures would prevent re-opening of embassies of foreign countries in Iraq and would foment atmosphere of instability and insecurity in that country, he said.

Naser Baqeri, Mousa Chegini, Abbas Hatami Kakavand, Hamid Asgari Shokoh and Majid Qaemi are the five diplomats kidnapped by American forces in Erbil from Iran's consulate building.

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