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News number: 8809190447

16:12 | 2009-12-10

Foriegn Policy

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Official: US, Saudi Responsible for Fate of Iranian Scientist

TEHRAN (FNA)- An informed Iranian foreign ministry official said the US and Saudi Arabia are responsible for the fate of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri who went missing in Mecca.



"There is reliable evidence showing that Mr. Amiri was kidnapped by the US and according to international conventions the US and Saudi Arabia are responsible for his health and fate and these two countries should answer."

Also regarding Saudi Arabian claims on Amiri, the official said, "The reality shows something else, Iran has held talks with Saudi Arabia on the issue several times and it has sent several messages. Tehran also appointed a representative in its embassy in Riyadh to pursue the case, the Iranian students news agency reported.

Elsewhere, regarding a Saudi Arabian foreign ministry official who claimed Iranian mission in the Arab country has left Saudi Arabia's questions on Amiri unanswered, the official said, "unfortunately, Saudi Arabian officials have tried to keep the issue in secret and such an approach is in contradiction to legal and consular responsibilities of the country."