France Recalls Embassy Official in Tehran

Published June 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

France has recalled a consular official working at its embassy in Tehran over what the ambassador described as the irregular issuing of visas, reported the BBC.online Tuesday.  

French ambassador in Tehran, Philippe de Suremain, was quoted as saying that more than three hundred and fifty visas had been acquired irregularly, mainly via what he described as shady middle men.  

The official in charge of issuing visas at the French embassy, Fati Ezzine, has been suspended and left Iran, said the BBC.  

Suremain said there was heavy pressure from young people and minority groups in Iran wanting to leave the country, and that a number of organizations were presenting themselves as intermediaries with foreign embassies for obtaining visas, added the BBC - Albawaba.com  

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