“Intrusive and Unacceptable”— Iran Rejects France’s Call for Release of Dual National

  • “It is vital and urgent for the Iranian authorities to be transparent in this case as well as for all cases of foreign nationals arrested in Iran,” French Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
  • "The dual citizenship of Iranian nationals is not recognized under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran and therefore, Ms. Adelkhah is an Iranian citizen," the Iranian Foreign Ministry responded.
  • There are currently several other dual nationals in prisons of the Islamic Republic.

A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry has described his French counterpart’s remarks regarding the situation of Fariba Adelkhah, a jailed dual national, “intrusive and unacceptable.” At the same time, the French foreign minister expressed concern that Iran’s decision to continue reducing its binding commitments was stressful.

Fariba Adelkhah is a Franco-Iranian anthropologist at Sciences Po. On July 14, 2019, Farsi-language media from outside of Iran reported that she had been arrested in Iran. The Iranian Human Rights website Gozaar stated that she had been arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and was being detained at Evin Prison.

Agnes von der Muhll, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman yesterday said that Tehran, despite repeated requests from Paris, did not agree with the consular access of Fariba Adelikhah, insisting that France continue its efforts to find out why she was arrested and released. “It is vital and urgent for the Iranian authorities to be transparent in this case as well as for all cases of foreign nationals arrested in Iran,” Agnes said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Public Relations on Friday quoted Abbas Mousavi saying, “the dual citizenship of Iranian nationals is not recognized under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran and therefore, Ms. Adelkhah is an Iranian citizen and as an Iranian, she enjoys all the citizenship rights known to Iranian nationals.” He called the French Foreign Ministry’s intervention in the case of Iranian citizens “irrelevant.”

Two prisoners of the Revolutionary Guards Corps

A French-Iranian researcher based in Paris was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards on a June trip to Iran. No details have been released about his charges so far. There are currently several other dual nationals in prisons of the Islamic Republic, most of whom are charged with espionage or collaborating with subversive groups. Most of these arrests were carried out by the IRGC.

In the wake of tensions between Tehran and Washington since the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, France, as one of the three European nations to the deal, has in recent months sought to prevent tensions from escalating. French President Emmanuel Macron, who has repeatedly talked to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, over his proposed plan to rescue the Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in recent months, said in July this year that he asked about the reason for Fariba Adelkhah’s arrest, but never received a response. On May 1, the first anniversary of the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic announced that it would suspend the implementation of a number of its nuclear obligations if European countries do not take tangible economic benefits from Tehran.

Jean-Yves Le Drian is a French politician serving as Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs since 2017. He previously was Minister of Defence from 2012 to 2017 under President François Hollande.

France warns against diminishing brokerage obligations

Declining commitments so far have been implemented in three phases. Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said in a statement on Wednesday that the process would continue until a “favorable outcome” was achieved, and preparations were made for a fourth step. The day after the statement was issued, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that the move would lead to increased tensions.

Emanuel Macron was reportedly drafting a settlement plan for the Iran-US conflict, but his efforts to meet Hassan Rouhani and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly failed to reach an agreement. The French Foreign Minister says Paris’ proposals for deregulation have failed, but are still under consideration, and it is up to Iran and the US to deal with them in the short term.

European countries are said to have warned the Islamic Republic that the possibility of withdrawal from a nuclear deal will not be ruled out if the obligations continue. The threat has not been formally acknowledged so far.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.


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