Iran Calls For Immediate Release Of Its Citizen Detained in Sweden

Iran on Wednesday demanded the immediate release of Hamid Nouri, a former Iranian official who has been incarcerated in Sweden since 2019.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in a phone call with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde said that Iran regards Nouri’s detention and trial as “illegal” based on false accusations made by the terrorist grouplet of Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO).

During the talks, Amirabdollahian expressed a desire for long-lasting relations between Tehran and Stockholm, and said that “ties should not be damaged through propagandas and groundless accusations rapidly spreading by MKO terrorists.”

“We need to remove misunderstandings and remove all sorts of issues which deter our bilateral cooperation,” Amirabdollahian told Linde.

Amirabdollahian also stressed the need to make tireless efforts to boost bilateral relations in all areas, especially in trade and economy.

In her part, Linde said that Stockholm is interested in improving relations with Tehran, saying “Sweden attaches high value to its relations with Iran.”

Speaking about Nouri, Linde said that the MKO propaganda would not affect Sweden’s government and its judicial system.

Nouri was arrested upon arrival at the Stockholm International Airport in November 2019 on charges of execution and torturing of MKO members in 1988, an allegation Nouri vehemently rejected.

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