Iran summons Swedish ambassador over attack on embassy

Iran Materials 28 June 2009 07:46 (UTC +04:00)

Iran on Saturday summoned the Swedish ambassador, Magnus Werndstedt, to the Foreign Ministry to protest an attack on Tehran's embassy in Stockholm on Friday that led to the injury of one of the embassy staff, Tehran Times reported.

Between 150 and 200 people had been holding a demonstration outside the embassy in protest at post-election incidents in Iran.

""The protest was largely peaceful except ... when an unconfirmed number of people got through the fence and attacked one of the embassy staff,"" said police officer Ulf Hoglund, according to the AFP news agency.

The employee was punched and kicked and received medical attention at the embassy.

Later on Saturday, Werndstedt, the Swedish ambassador to Tehran, told the Iranian Foreign Ministry officials that he had informed the Swedish foreign minister and deputy foreign minister that Tehran was angry over the attack. The envoy said the top Swedish diplomats lamented the attack on the embassy.

Also in a telephone conversation, the Swedish deputy foreign minister assured the Iranian ambassador to Sweden that no such incident would happen again.