News ID: 205990
Published: 0345 GMT December 11, 2017

Spokesman: Macron’s expected visit to Iran, significant

Spokesman: Macron’s expected visit to Iran, significant

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman described a possible visit by the French president to Iran as important, reiterating Tehran’s policy to boost ties with Paris.

Addressing the issue of an expected visit to Iran by Emmanuel Macron, Bahram Qassemi said the visit can be an important one.

Qassemi said at the weekly press conference that it can “help rectify some of the positions that have been adopted or could be adopted [by Paris concerning Iran].”

“Our perception is that there has been a sort of faulty understanding or recklessness in remarks made by European officials, and even French officials, which have to be redeemed,” Press TV quoted him as saying.

In a November 11 visit to Saudi Arabia, Macron had said he was “very concerned” about Iran’s ballistic missile program, adding, “There are negotiations we need to start on Iran’s ballistic missiles.”

Tehran has warned Paris against interference in its domestic and defensive affairs, warning that its missile activities are non-negotiable.


British-Iranian citizen


Qassemi said that during his recent visit to Iran, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had discussed the issue of Iranian-British citizen, Nazanin Zaghari.

Iran’s intelligence authorities arrested Zaghari at Imam Khomeini International Airport in April 2016 on spying charges as she was on her way home to London after visiting her parents in Tehran.

Zaghari was subsequently tried at an Iranian court and sentenced to five years in prison for spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic.

Qassemi said given the fact that the person in question is a dual citizen, she is considered an Iranian and a convict by the Islamic Republic and is serving her prison term.

Johnson said London would be following up on the issue in the light of “humanitarian issues” and will pursue the matter with Iranian judiciary officials, he added.

“However, this is a judicial issue and taking into consideration that the government comprises [different] branches in Iran, it should ultimately be pursued in the judicial system and we have to wait and see what comes next,” Qassemi said.


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