Germany discusses World Cup security with Iran
11 April 2006, TEHRAN - World Cup host Germany called on the Iranian leadership Tuesday to cooperate on security during the month-long competition at which Iran is one of the 32 participating nations.
11 April 2006
TEHRAN - World Cup host Germany called on the Iranian leadership Tuesday to cooperate on security during the month-long competition at which Iran is one of the 32 participating nations.
A security concept for the Iranian national squad was one of the issues raised at the meeting between Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi and German Deputy Interior Minister August Hanning, reports from Tehran said.
Iranian television said a goal of the meeting was to hinder possible disturbances by the Iranian opposition group People's Mujahedin, which is classed as a terrorist organization by the European Union.
Germany has already been in contact with other participating countries to discuss security for their teams during the June 9 to July 9 competition.
Hanning and Pourmohammadi also discussed the situation on Iran's border with Afghanistan and efforts to combat drug smuggling.
Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr told visiting German officials Monday that Tehran was ready to help Germany during the World Cup.
There had been some controversy following last week's remarks by the head of the Iranian Football Federation, Mohammad-Ali Dadkan, during a visit to Germany.
Dadkan had said that Ahmadinejad might come to Germany to watch Iran's first World Cup match against Mexico on June 11 in the local Frankenstadium.
Dadkan however revised his remarks and told the local press that he just said he wished Ahmadinejad would also be present at one of the games.
The Iranian foreign ministry however said Ahmadinejad had no plans to go to the World Cup.
DPA with Expatica
Subject: German news