Iran summons Swedish envoy over “mixing” statements by European officials

Iran summons Swedish envoy over "mixing" statements by European officials

, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — ’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Swedish ambassador to Iran to protest “mixing” statements by some European officials, according to the ministry’s website.

During the meeting with the Swedish Ambassador Mattias Lentz, whose country currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the , the Director General of the Western Europe Department of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned any interference in Iran’s internal affairs, stressing that insults to religious affairs were justified. and other nations’ national values ​​because of freedom is a betrayal of the sacred concept of freedom and cruelty to people and human rights.

Regarding the roles of some European states in promoting violence and hate speech in other countries, the Iranian diplomat said that interference in the internal affairs of other states is against all international rules and regulations and will not be tolerated by Iran.

The official also called on the Swedish ambassador to urge the European sides to end their “destructive” interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

In recent weeks, various senior officials in some European states have criticized Iran’s handling of recent protests in the country that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She died in a hospital in Tehran on 16 September 2022, a few days after collapsing in a police station.

Iran has accused the US and some other Western countries of “inciting riots and supporting terrorists” in the country, and has executed some of the “insurgents” in recent weeks, which has also been criticized by some European states.

In the latest example of such criticism from European officials, a few days ago, the EU condemned the execution of two men, named Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini, who were accused of “killing a member of the Basij volunteer force during the riots.”





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