France: EU Envoys did not Meet over Iranian Jews' Verdicts
The French Embassy in Tehran refuted on Sunday a report saying that EU ambassadors held a meeting at the embassy to discuss verdicts of the Iranian Jews accused of espionage for Israel, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA).
"The meeting at the French embassy was held to discuss the periodical presidency of the European Union which has just been handed over to France," an embassy official told IRNA.
He noted that similar meetings are usually held in French embassies all over the world.
AFP said in a report Saturday that the meeting at the French embassy was devoted to the issue of the Jews.
Other embassies of the European Union in Tehran decline to comment on the issue and delegated any response to the French embassy, said IRNA.
Meanwhile, French President Jacques Chirac told UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Sunday that he was upset by a closed-door trial in Iran in which 10 Jews and two Muslims were sentenced to jail, reported Reuters, quoting Chirac's spokeswoman.
"Chirac asked the secretary-general of the United Nations to convey the concerns of the European Union to the authorities in Tehran," presidential spokeswoman Catherine Colonna told Reuters.
Annan had telephoned Chirac on Sunday morning to discuss Middle East affairs, she said.
"Following the verdict from the trial in Iran, Chirac told Kofi Annan of his concerns, in the name of the French presidency of the EU, in the name of France and on a personal level," Colonna said.
She said Chirac had also made the point that he was worried about the "absence of transparency of this closed-doors trial."
France took over the presidency of the 15-nation European Union on Saturday, the day an Iranian Revolutionary court issued a verdict sentencing 10 Jews and two Muslims to prison terms of between four and 13 years on charges of spying for Israel, said Reuters - (Several Sources)
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