Presidential election in Iran
On Monday afternoon, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs summoned Iran’s Ambassador to France to express France’s concerns about the events taking place following the presidential election.
Declaration issued by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Paris, June 15, 2009
As the Ambassador of Iran stated that he was unavailable, it was the first counselor who was received at the Ministry.
We noted the intensity of the debates during the campaign and the very high participation rate, which pointed to the vitality of democratic processes in Iran.
We expressed our concern to the first counselor with respect to allegations of election irregularities that have been raised in Iran, and our wish that the appeals that have been lodged be examined carefully.
We also told him of our concern for the respect of the freedom of expression and assembly. We particularly emphasized the case of several French journalists who were subjected to repressive measures in recent days. We also stressed that Iranian security forces must protect the Embassy of France, which was the site of a hostile demonstration yesterday.
Finally, we reiterated our condemnation of the many arrests—notably of political figures—that have taken place since Saturday, and demanded the release of those being held. The latest information from Tehran only strengthens our very strong concern.
Communiqué issued by the Ministry opf Foreign and European Affairs
Paris, June 13, 2009
We have noted the results of the presidential election in Iran as announced by the Iranian authorities, which returned Mr Ahmadinejad for a second term as head of the Iranian government, and that two of the candidates have disputed them.
We are continuing to follow the situation closely./.