France summons Iranian amb. over detainees

PARIS, The French Foreign Ministry summoned Iran’s ambassador to convey a strong protest over the detention and treatment of two French nationals by Tehran, official sources said Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Von Der Muhll said in a statement that the Iranian envoy was told of the “extreme concern” of the authorities here regarding the fate and wellbeing of Roland Marchal and his female compatriot, Faiba Adelkhah, both researchers.

Iran arrested the two earlier this year on charges of spying; hotly denied.

Paris said that the maintaining in jail of the two was “intolerable” and urged the immediate release of its nationals.

The French side further expressed concern about the health of Adelkhah, who has stopped taking food and water to protest her detention.

Iran was also called upon to grant the Franco-Iranian detainee the right to French consular protection and visits, a right she has been denied by Tehran.

Source: Kuwait News Agency