France to recall Tehran ambassador for 'consultation'

30th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

France said Wednesday it has decided to recall its ambassador to Iran for "consultation," following the storming of the British embassy in Tehran by protesters.

"Taking into account the flagrant and unacceptable violation of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations and the seriousness of the violence, French authorities have decided to recall for consultation the ambassador of France in Iran," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a statement.

He added that Foreign Minister Alain Juppe was contacting Iranian diplomats in Paris to convey France's condemnation of Tuesday's looting of the British embassy and to remind Iran's authorities of their obligations.

Several other European countries have already their ambassadors to Iran.

Norway announced the temporary closure of its embassy, although its staff remained in Tehran, and other European missions were evaluating the security situation.

Germany, France and Sweden summoned the Iranian envoys to their countries on Wednesday to protest against the incursion, while Italy said it was doing likewise and was thinking about closing its Tehran embassy altogether.

© 2011 AFP

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