• Tue / 12 March 2019 / 15:36
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 97122111506
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“UK extension of diplomatic protection to Zaghari not constructive”

“UK extension of diplomatic protection to Zaghari not constructive”

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi says the British government’s extension of diplomatic protection to an Iranian citizen is not a constructive and positive measure.

Qassemi’s reaction came after London offered "diplomatic protection" to Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari who is serving her prison term in Iran.

"We have been informed of this move by the UK government and have also received a note through official channels in that regard," Qassemi told IRNA on Tuesday.

"At the moment, relevant bodies are studying the legal and political dimensions of the note, and we will respond to that in due time," the spokesman added.

He underlined the move by London, per se, does not create any new legal status, whether domestically or internationally.

"The move simply reflects a political decision by the British government, which even runs counter to Britain’s own statutory positions in international circles," said Qassemi.

"Regardless of whether or not she has another nationality, and irrespective of Iranian laws and regulations regarding the issue of nationality and dual citizenship, Ms. Zaghari has always appeared as an Iranian citizen at least as long as her activities, visits and dealings in Iran are concerned," Qassemi said.

"Meanwhile, in order to give a legal and political response to this note, we are waiting for relevant entities to finalize their reviews," the spokesman said.

"What is certain is that firstly, the UK government has had no goodwill in this move; and secondly, the move is not regarded as constructive and positive at all, and if it does not make the situation more complicated, it will definitely not make it easier, either," he added.

"What I can say at this point is that the case of Ms. Zaghari has been dealt with at relevant judicial bodies in a routine way in terms of litigation principles, and in conformity with all rules and regulations," he noted.

"Both through the legal proceedings and while serving her sentence, Zaghari enjoyed and still enjoys all legal and civil rights, including medical and health services, as an Iranian national," Qassemi added.

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