Iran Protests Mass Arrest of Iranians in Turkey

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Monday Turkish ambassador to Iran Turan Morali and lodged a strong objection to the mass arrest of Iranian nationals in Turkey, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA) Tuesday.  

The agency quoted foreign ministry director General Mohammad Sharif Mahdavi as saying that “Iran expressed its strong objections to the inhuman behavior meted out to Iranian nationals in Turkey.”  

Mahdavi said the arrest of the Iranian nationals in Turkey has deeply worried Iranian officials and the public opinion and the Turkish government should bear the consequences of the inhuman behavior towards the Iranians living in Turkey, added IRNA.  

Morali told the agency that “the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the inhuman behavior of the Turkish government and demands an end to rounding up of the Iranians, an immediate release of those arrested and their rehabilitation, hand-over the assets of those rounded-up especially their cars and punishing the policemen who have harassed the Iranians.”  

He expressed regret over the incident and said he would convey the objections of the Iranian government to his government and follow up the case soon –  


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