Czech Foreign Ministry summons Iranian diplomats as Czech EU presidency voices continued concern about elections

Iranian diplomats in Prague have been summoned by the Czech Foreign Ministry, which has dismissed claims that it is interfering in Iran’s internal affairs by voicing concern over the country’s recent elections. In Tehran last week, Czech charge d’affairs Josef Havlas was summoned by the Iranian authorities, which criticized EU ‘interference’ in the wake of the country’s presidential elections. The Czech Republic is head of the European Union until June 30. In a statement on Monday, the Czech presidency of the bloc urged other EU member states also to summon Iranian diplomats and ‘transmit the same message’. In the statement, the presidency said it continued to be ‘deeply concerned’ by the violence that prevailed in Tehran following the elections.

Author: Rosie Johnston