Iran protests EU stance on polls, summons Czech diplomat

June 17th, 2009 - 12:14 am ICT by IANS  

Prague, June 16 (DPA) Iran summoned a senior Czech diplomat Tuesday over the European Union’s (EU) critical statements about the disputed Iranian presidential election, the Czech foreign ministry said.
“I can confirm that our charge d’affaires Josef Havlas was today (Tuesday) summoned to the foreign ministry in Teheran,” ministry spokesman Jiri Benes told DPA.

“The Iranian side expressed its concern about EU’s stance after the election,” he said. The Czech Republic chairs the EU until June 30.

Violent street protests and accusations of election fraud have shaken Iran after authorities said that incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad won re-election in the polls last week.

The Czech EU presidency Sunday expressed concerns about “alleged irregularities during the election process and post-election violence”, while EU’s foreign ministers Monday called for an investigation into fraud allegations.

Tehran summoned the Czech diplomat in protest against the “interventionist and insulting” Western and EU statements on the election, the Iranian news agency ISNA reported, citing a statement from Iran’s foreign ministry.

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