Germany is becoming increasingly concerned over two of its journalists who were detained in the Islamic Republic last week after allegedly interviewing the son and lawyer of a woman sentenced to stoning, but without having proper credentials.
German officials have begun stepping up efforts to get the two reporters released in a case that could lead to a diplomatic row between the two countries.
During a one-hour long meeting Friday in Brussels, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle pleaded to his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki for Iran to show “mercy” to the detainees and for the foreign minister to personally intervene in the case, both Iranian state media and German media reported.
The Iranian foreign minister offered a simple response to the plea.
“The issue of the two German nationals would be pursued in framework of law and judicial system,” he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA).
Westerwelle nevertheless appeared optimistic about the meeting, saying he got the “impression that foreign minister Mottaki will also take up this matter personally,” according to Germany’s Der Spiegel.
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