Spiegel interview With Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

  Background: Ali Akbar
Salehi, 61, Iran’s vice-president and one of the closest confidants of
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, studied physics at the American
University in Beirut and has a doctorate from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Formerly Iran’s permanent representative to the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, he was made head
of the country’s nuclear program in 2009. Salehi has been Tehran’s
acting foreign minister since last December, but he has yet to be
confirmed by parliament.

It has been three months
since two German journalists were detained in Iran — and they still
haven’t been released. Spiegel spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali
Akbar Salehi about their ongoing detention, when they might be released
and Iran’s justice system.

Foreign Minister, two reporters with the Axel Springer publishing group
have been jailed in Tabriz for almost 100 days now, merely because they
tried to conduct an interview. In addition to being completely
inappropriate, this is inhuman.

It’s unfortunate that this situation arose in the first place. But you
mustn’t forget what rea… >>>

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