Iran: Family visit approved for detained Germans

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 27, 2010 19:24

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities have approved a visit between two detained German journalists and family members, state media reported Monday, and Germany said the relatives were on their way to the meeting site.

A statement on the website of Iran's state TV said the "possibility of a visit" was cleared by Iranian officials to take place in Tabriz in northwestern Iran. Tabriz is about 400 miles (630 kilometers) from the capital.

In Berlin, a spokesman said German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle spoke several times with his Iranian counterpart on Monday.

"Therefore there was a meeting between the relatives and the Iranian foreign minister, during which the latter promised a swift encounter with the detainees in Tabriz. The two relatives are now on the way to Tabriz," said the spokesman, who declined to be named in keeping with government policy.

Earlier Monday, the Iranian ambassador was summoned to the ministry to hear a complaint that the two were not able to meet with relatives over Christmas, despite earlier promises.


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