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France summons Iranian ambassador over protests

France’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Iran’s ambassador to express concern about what it called “brutal repression” of protesters in Tehran.

world Updated: Jun 23, 2009 19:44 IST

France’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Iran’s ambassador to express concern about what it called “brutal repression” of protesters in Tehran.

The ministry says in a statement that the director of its Middle East and Africa department summoned Ambassador Seyed Mehdi Miraboutalebi on Tuesday, for the second time in eight days.

The ministry urged the release of those arrested during the post-election demonstrations. It rejected “with the greatest firmness” accusations that France was meddling in Iran’s internal affairs.

France has been critical of the Iranian leadership’s handling of opposition protests by those who say the June 12 presidential elections were rigged. Several people have been killed.