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France asks Iran to release two of its researchers

Paris, Oct 16: France demanded on Wednesday that Iran immediately release two researchers Roland Marchal,Fariba Adelkhah who have been held in prison since June. The detention of two French nationals will complicate Paris’s efforts to defuse tensions between the United States and Tehran.

French researcher Roland Marchal is being held by Iranian authorities, France’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, adding that it had asked Iran to end the “unacceptable” situation without delay.

“We confirm that Roland Marchal is currently being detained by the Iranian authorities.
As in the case of Fariba Adelkhah, as soon as we were informed of his situation, we mobilized our efforts to gain his release,” France Foreign Ministry issued a statement.

France strongly condemned the Iranian authorities for the act and asked for clarification. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is in regular and close touch with Roland Marchal’s family and loved ones.

Roland Marchal, a researcher at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, has been detained in Iran since the summer.

France is working promptly to know the condition of its nationals and their swift release from the Iranian authorities. Foreign Ministry said France have demanded right to exercise consular protection in these two cases. Our consulate in Tehran has been able to visit them several times. He is receiving assistance from an attorney.

These steps were taken in agreement with the family and loved ones. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is in regular and close touch with Roland Marchal’s family and loved ones.

“We want the Iranian authorities to show transparency in this dossier and act without delay to end the unacceptable situation,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a briefing.

She added that Marchal had received consular visits and had a lawyer. Iran has refused to offer the same for Adelkhah, citing her Iranian nationality, and has called France’s demands for her release an interference in its internal affairs.

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