France's Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna

France Summons Iranian Diplomat Over Protests Crackdown

Tuesday, 12/13/2022

France's foreign minister says Iran’s charge d’affaires has been summoned over the supply of weapons to Russia used in Ukraine and crackdown on protesters.

Catherine Colonna told Reuters that the Iranian diplomat was also questioned over the treatment of seven French nationals who are currently in custody in Iran.

France’s foreign ministry on Monday also condemned the public execution of an Iranian who was sentenced to death following his participation in the protests currently under way in Iran.

The Islamic Republic hanged a second protester, Majidreza Rahnavard in less than a week in public on Monday after charging him with killing two members of security forces.

In a statement the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France stated, “this execution, the second in less than a week, comes in addition to the many other serious, unacceptable violations of fundamental rights and freedoms committed by the Iranian authorities.”

The statement also added that demonstrators must not be executed in response to the current protests in Iran, stressing France calls on Iranian authorities to halt these executions and to listen to the legitimate aspirations of the Iranian people.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom said Tuesday that Iran and Russia's sordid deals threaten global security.

James Cleverly said in a tweet that “We are holding their desperate alliance to account.”

He also noted that London has just sanctioned high-level Russian and Iranian figures in response to the “abhorrent strikes against civilian targets.”

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