Deputy FM: Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry keeps issue on detained Azerbaijani citizens in Iran under control
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 18 / Trend, E.Mehdiyev /
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry keeps the issue on the detained Azerbaijani citizens in Iran under control, and makes efforts to address this issue as soon as possible, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov told journalists on Saturday.
He said the Azerbaijani Consulate General in Tabriz and Embassy in Tehran are in constant contact with relevant authorities of Iran to address this issue.
Baku is working to ensure Azerbaijan's Consul in Tabriz to meet with our detained citizens in the shortest possible time in order to find out, first of all, their detention conditions.
Azerbaijani citizens - research fellow of the Institute of Literature named after Nizami Ganjavi of the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), scientist-orientalist Khalida Khalid and her assistant Shamkhal Huseynov were detained in Iran by the country's law enforcement bodies in Tabriz on April 30, Iranian media outlets reported earlier.
Consulate General sent a note on this matter to the relevant authorities in Iran in connection with detention of Azerbaijani citizens in this country.
In the second note, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry asked the Iranian side about meeting with detained citizens, as stipulated by the Vienna Convention on Human Rights, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said earlier.
Azerbaijan will also insist on providing the necessary legal aid to the detained persons, the report said.
According to the last reports of the Iranian side, the scientist-orientalist Khalida Khalid and her driver Shamkhal Huseynov are now in the custody of the Iranian Intelligence and Security Service (ETTELAAT), and their case is being investigated.