Iran objects to Swiss envoy over confiscation of assets by US
Tehran, Iran, Apr. 26
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran has summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran as the head of the US Interests Section over the confiscation of the Islamic Republic's assets by a US court.
Iranian Foreign Ministry's Director for American Affairs Mohamad Keshavarz Zadeh submitted two letters to the Swiss ambassador in a meeting Apr. 26, IRIB news agency reported.
The Iranian official objected to the US court ruling as a blatant violation of bilateral commitments, including the 1955 agreement, as well as the violation of international legal commitments and the immunity of the Iranian government's assets.
He also criticized the court for accusing Iran of supporting terrorist acts, dismissing the accusations as baseless.
The Swiss official for his part vowed to convey the message to the US State Department as soon as possible.
The US court has recently ruled the transfer of nearly $2 billion of Iranian assets to the American victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 truck bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. Investigators of the court concluded that Iran was responsible for that attack, which Tehran has denied.