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Iran calls for freedom of Iranian engineer arrested in US

Tehran, May 22, IRNA - Iran's foreign ministry on Wednesday called for the US to respect consular convention in dealing with Iranian engineer arrested in Los Angeles.

Forwarding a letter to the Swiss Embassy which looks after the US interest section in Tehran, Iran called for clarification of reports about arrest of Iranian engineer Mohammad Alavi in Los Angeles and his immediate release from detention.

Based on the news reports, the Iranian engineer who previously worked at Phonics nuclear sites has been arrested on charge of transferring classified computer code to Iran.

According to the report, FBI spokesman has said that interrogations did not reach the conclusion that information has been passed by a foreign government or terrorists for attacking US.

In the letter, Iran's foreign ministry has reminded the international commitments of US as those defined in Vienna convention on consulate criteria dated 1963 to which both the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States are the signatories and called for clarification of Iranian national's situation by US administration.

Iraq spiritually responsible for releasing Iranian diplomats: Iraq's deputy FM

Tehran, May 23, IRNA - Iraq's Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Hamud said on Wednesday that the Iraqi government is considered spiritually responsible for freedom of Iranian diplomats kidnapped by the US forces.

According to the Foreign Ministry Media Department report, Hamud made the remarks in a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki, adding that the officials of his country will not spare any efforts to resolve the problem.

The Iraqi official expressed satisfaction with the consensus between Iran and Iraq on their joint borders, saying that dredging the border river Arvandroud will help effectively thrive the two ports in Abadan and Basra.

On his part, Mottaki stressed that Iraqi government was responsible for releasing Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Irbil.

Referring to the progress of Iraq as the the progress of Iran, Mottaki introduced the US as the responsible for assaulting Iran's consulate and kidnapping the five diplomats in the neighboring country.

He expressed hope that restoring security and stability to Iraq will help the country to play more influential role in international arena.

Turning to the strong political will of Iranian officials to expand exchanges with Iraq, he added that given existing holy shrines in both countries and public willingness to make pilgrimage to the sites, the two friendly states should improve cooperation between consulates along with other exchanges.

Welcoming inauguration of Iraq's consulate in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province, Mottaki expressed hope that the issue will help resolving the problems of pilgrims of both sides.

The foreign minister further endorsed the idea of signing judicial agreement between Iran and Iraq as well as dredging Arvandroud River according to joint border regulations.

Embassy condemns detention of Iranian diplomats by US

Baku, May 23, IRNA - Iranian embassy in Tbilisi on Wednesday condemned inhuman and illegal act of the US forces against Iranian consulate in Irbil and detaining diplomats in Iraq.

The Embassy issued a statement saying that the US troops in Iraq committed the act in contradiction with the international conventions and diplomatic and consular criteria on January 11, 2007, and have not allowed Iran's embassy in Baghdad to meet the five diplomats detained for four months.

During the attack to the consulate, the caretakers and people present at the scene were assaulted, the building was damaged, and documents were ransacked, the statement read.

"According to the Convention 1963 of Vienna, the building of consulates of countries and their envoys enjoy immunity, and the act of the US forces against Iran's consulate in Irbil is obvious violation of substances of the convention," the statement mentioned.

"The US has also violated Iran's right with refusal to allow consular access to its nationals immediately, which is contradictory with regulations respected by civilized nations."

The Embassy further called on all intellectuals, lawyers and activists in human rights to express their opposition to such acts of the US, and support Iranian right to meet its nationals under arrest.

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