Germany thanks Iran for family visit to jailed reporters

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Tuesday thanked his Iranian counterpart for quickly arranging two imprisoned German journalists to see their families.

Germany thanks Iran for family visit to jailed reporters

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Tuesday thanked his Iranian counterpart for quickly arranging two imprisoned German journalists to see their families.

"The two German citizens have met with their loved ones in Tabriz," Westerwelle said, expressing his gratitude to Tehran, according to a ministry spokeswoman.

Germany was still pressing for the pair's release, he said.

Westerwelle summoned the Iranian ambassador to his foreign ministry on Monday in protest after they were not allowed to meet their families over Christmas as promised.

Later that day, Iran's foreign minister agreed to quickly arrange the families to meet the two reporters in Tabriz.

The two journalists had entered the country on tourist visas and were arrested in Tabriz while interviewing the son and lawyer of 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who had been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

Iranian officials have said the two admitted to violating Iranian laws, which forbid those entering the country on tourist visas to work as journalists.

Agencies

Last Mod: 28 Aralık 2010, 15:38
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