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Iran rejects France’s ‘unacceptable’ interference in its internal affairs

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed France’s “meddlesome and unacceptable” remarks about Iranian prisoner Fariba Adelkhah, saying the Islamic Republic’s law does not recognize her dual citizenship.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s national law does not recognize the dual citizenship of Iranian citizens, and thus Adelkhah is regarded as an Iranian national,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Friday, adding that as an Iranian national, she enjoys full citizenship rights.

The Iranian Judiciary is carefully pursuing the case of Adelkhah within the framework of the country’s fair trial law, Mousavi noted.

He dismissed the French Foreign Ministry’s interference in the case of Iranian nationals as an “unjustified” and “unacceptable” move that not only fails to help resolve issue, but also would make the trial procedure more complicated.

On Thursday, the French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman urged Iran to release Adelkhah, who also holds French nationality.

“It is vital and urgent for the Iranian authorities to be transparent in this case as well as for all cases of foreign nationals arrested in Iran,” Agnes von der Muhll said.

She claimed France has repeatedly demanded consolatory access to Adelkhah and her release from prison, but Iranian officials rejected the request based on her Iranian nationality, and only allowed her family to meet her a few times.

Adelkhah, 60-year-old anthropologist and researcher at Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies (CERI) in Paris, was reportedly arrested in June on charge of espionage.

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