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13:50 | 2010-04-13


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FM Talks with Iranian National Held in Italy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki held a phone talk with Hamid Ma'souminejad, an Iranian reporter detained in Italy.

During the phone conversation held on Monday afternoon, Mottaki was informed of Ma'souminejad's conditions during his detention in Italy.

Iranian correspondent Ma'souminejad and Ali Damirchilou are in Italy's custody on allegations of arms trafficking. Italy is yet to present the two's lawyers with evidence to back the allegations.

Iran has called the accusations unacceptable and called for a rapid release of the two Iranian nationals by Italy.

Iranian Envoy to Rome Mohammad Ali Hosseini and the country's Consul General to Milan Aminzadeh also recently met with Ma'souminejad and Damirchilou separately.

Earlier this month, Mottaki had called for a rapid release of the two Iranian nationals held by Italy, and had asked Italian officials to avoid playing into the hands of the CIA and the Pentagon.

"We ask the Italian officials to prepare the ground to secure the release of these two men at the earliest, because this is a game planned by the US through the CIA and the Pentagon (US Department of Defense), a game that has already been played in the other countries and parts of the world but has failed (to produce results for the US)," Mottaki said in a meeting with the families of the detained Iranians.

"Accordingly, we urge the Italian government not to step into the lost game of the CIA and the Pentagon," Mottaki added.

He also stated that such a political move will not yield any result for the Americans.