Tehran (IP) - Iran's Foreign Minister and his French counterpart discussed the latest status of bilateral relations in a telephone conversation.

Iran PressIran News: Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called France's position in encouraging the recent unrest in Iran unfriendly.

He also criticized the interventionist statements of some French officials and said: "Tehran always prefers negotiation and diplomacy, but as you can see, in a confrontational approach, our action is also immediate, effective, and mutual. While criticizing the non-constructive positions and actions of the European Parliament towards the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran's top diplomat noted: "The IRGC is the protector of Iran's national security and plays an important role in maintaining the security of the region and the real fight against terrorism."

The Islamic Republic of Iran will carefully monitor the behavior of the European Union to adjust its next steps.

Amir-Abdollahian stated: "In addition to the hostile positions of Europe, we also witnessed the inappropriate and derogatory action of a French magazine in attacking religious sanctities."

Addressing his french counterpart, Amir-Abdollahian said: "Don't repeat Trump's failed sanctions policy. Today, we also announced a new list of sanctions against the European Union and UK, which includes 33 officials and entities, as a countermeasure."The French Foreign Minister also denied any involvement of her country in the unrest in Iran and called for the release of French prisoners.Iran indicts two French for spyingIran’s judiciary has issued indictments related to espionage against two French citizens.

The imprisoned French citizens are detained in Iran for espionage and interference.The two French citizens were not named, but judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi said at a press conference that they were arrested on charges of spying and collusion against national security. He said a final court ruling had yet to be issued.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna had said in mid-November that two unnamed French nationals had been detained in Iran, bringing the total number of people from France held there to seven.

She made the announcement during Iran’s ongoing protests, which began in September and during which some western citizens were involved in.

Two French nationals, Cecile Kohler and her partner Jacques Paris were arrested in May. Iran accused them of spying and trying to foment unrest. Their visit to Iran had come while teachers were holding protests.

In October the couple made confessions in a TV program.

The French-Iranian Fariba Adelkhah was also arrested in 2019 and sentenced to five years on national security charges while another French national, traveler and blogger Benjamin Briere, was arrested in 2020 and sentenced to eight years on spying charges.


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