Foreign minister’s of Iran, Australia discuss arrest of British sailors on phone

Iran Materials 30 March 2007 17:49

( IRNA ) - Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in a phone conversation on Friday discussed the arrest of British servicemen in Iran's territorial waters.

Mottaki expounded on the way the British troops violated Iran's territorial waters, adding that investigation of the case depends on Britain's approach.

The Iranian foreign minister hoped that the British officials will avoid the hue and cries launched by the media, which will make the issue more complicated.

" Iran welcomes pursuance of the issue by Australia if it can help Britain to act reasonably," he added.

Some 15 British sailors, who entered Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf illegally last Friday, were arrested by Iranian coast guard.

After violation of Iranian southern waterways, the British officials launched extensive political propaganda and attempted to pretend that their servicemen have been arrested in Iraq's territorial waters.

Based on the information obtained from the British Global Positioning System (GPS), 15 British servicemen trespassed into Iran's territorial waters aboard two navy vessels on March 23.