France calls in Iran over detained Britons

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 29, 2007 (AFP) - The French foreign ministry on Thursday called in Iran's ambassador to Paris to demand the release of 15 British naval personnel who were detained almost a week ago.

PARIS, March 29, 2007 (AFP) - The French foreign ministry on Thursday called in Iran's ambassador to Paris to demand the release of 15 British naval personnel who were detained almost a week ago.

French diplomats conveyed to Ambassador Ali Ahani their "deep concern" over the detention of the 15 who were seized by Iran during what Britain said was a routine patrol of Iraqi waters in the northern Gulf on Friday, said foreign ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau.

"We recalled our solidarity with the British and asked Iranian authorities to release as early as possible the detained sailors," said Simonneau.

"In the meantime, the Iranians must allow them to exercise their visitation rights," he added.

Tehran maintains that the 15 sailors and marines had trespassed into Iranian territorial waters.

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