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Iran FM urges Italy to free detained Iranians

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has called on Italy to secure the release of two Iranian citizens jailed in Rome on charges of arms trafficking.

Mottaki made the appeal on Monday during a meeting with the families of Iranian correspondent Hamid Masouminejad and Ali Damirchilou, an Iranian living in Italy, who are being held by Italian authorities on charges of arms trafficking.

“We ask the Italian officials to prepare the ground to secure the release of these two men,” he said.

Mottaki says the move is a “game planned by the US through the CIA and the Pentagon that is being played in some parts of the world but has faced defeat.”

“We urge the Italian government to not enter the defeated game of the CIA and the Pentagon,” Mottaki added.

Iran has called the accusations against the Islamic Republic unacceptable.

Italy is yet to present evidence to back the allegations to the lawyers of the two men.

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