Germany sends official to Iran for talks on journalists

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January 26, 2011 15:54

 
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BERLIN — Germany has sent a deputy foreign minister to Iran as part of efforts to secure the release of two journalists detained there since October.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said that he asked Wolf-Ruthart Born to travel to Tehran for "political talks."

Westerwelle said Wednesday that Germany wants to use all possible opportunities to get the two men home "as quickly as possible."

The German journalists, who Iran says entered the country on tourist visas, were arrested in October while interviewing the son and lawyer of a woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

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