Spain backs European partners accused by Tehran

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Spain expressed support for its European partners who have been "unjustifiably" accused by Iran.

Madrid – Spain on Sunday expressed support for its European partners who have been "unjustifiably" accused by Iran of interfering in Tehran's affairs during the country's post-election tumult.

"We affirm our full solidarity with our European partners, who have been accused in a totally unjustified way of stirring up protests and disturbances that have taken place in Iran since the last presidential election," a foreign ministry spokesman said.

These types of accusations "do not contribute to the solution of the political crisis in Iran," he told AFP.

"We appeal for a sense of responsibility from the Iranian authorities to look into the legitimate claims of the (defeated) candidates with total transparency."

Spain also urged the Iranian authorities "not to resort to violence to suppress these demonstrations," he said.

Struggling to contain massive street protests unleashed since the disputed June 12 election that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, Iranian leaders have accused Western nations of "meddling" in the country's affairs.

Iranian state television said Sunday 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in Tehran the previous day in a bloody crackdown on protesters, bringing the overall toll reported by state media in a week of violence to at least 17.

AFP / Expatica

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