France condemns kidnapping of Iranian diplomat in Baghdad

7th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 7, 2007 (AFP) - France on Wednesday condemned as an "inadmissible act" the kidnapping of an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad and called for his immediate release.


PARIS, Feb 7, 2007 (AFP) - France on Wednesday condemned as an "inadmissible act" the kidnapping of an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad and called for his immediate release.

Jalal Sharafi, 40, the second secretary at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, was abducted in Karrada, a predominantly Shiite southeastern district of the capital, on Sunday by gunmen dressed in Iraqi army uniforms.

Foreign ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said France was "concerned" about the kidnapping, and added: "We condemn this inadmissible act."

"We call for his immediate release, and the release of all those detained against their will in Iraq," he said.

On Tuesday, the Iranian foreign ministry blamed a group linked to the Iraqi defence ministry, and indirectly US forces, for the abduction.

The abduction came amid mounting accusations by the United States that Tehran is meddling in Iraq and fuelling sectarian bloodshed by assisting militias. Iran denies the allegations.

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Subject: French news, International politics, Iran, Iraq

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