Annalena Baerbock telefoniert mit Irans Außenminister: »Offen, deutlich und klar«
Bundesaußenministerin Annalena Baerbock hat mit dem iranischen Außenminister Hussein Amirabdollahian telefoniert. Das Auswärtige Amt teilt auf der Plattform X, früher Twitter, mit, es sei dabei um eine Reihe von Themen gegangen, bei denen »unterschiedliche Haltungen« besprochen worden seien. »Der Austausch war offen, deutlich und klar.«
It is said that Baerbock, who is currently visiting the USA, had a special focus on „German consular cases“ during the conversation.
During a phone call, @ABaerbock and the Iranian Foreign Minister @Amirabdolahian discussed their differing stances on a range of issues. The exchange was open, clear, and direct. Special focus was placed on German consular cases.
— Auswärtiges Amt (@AuswaertigesAmt) September 13, 2023
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Todesurteil gegen Djamshid Sharmahd
Several Germans are detained in Iran, including Nahid Taghavi, a German-Iranian who was arrested in October 2020 and subsequently convicted of „propaganda against the state.“
Another German-Iranian, Djamshid Sharmahd, has been sentenced to death on charges of terrorism. There are concerns that Iran will actually carry out the death penalty. His relatives strongly deny the accusations against Sharmahd. The German Foreign Minister had urged Tehran to reverse the „absolutely unacceptable“ and arbitrary verdict.
The opposition figure Sharmahd, who had been living in the USA for several years, was reportedly arrested and abducted by the Iranian intelligence in Dubai in the summer of 2020, according to his family. Since then, the 68-year-old has been imprisoned in Iran. The family has repeatedly accused the German federal government of not doing enough to secure Sharmahd’s release.
The USA is in negotiations with Iran regarding a prisoner exchange.
The USA has recently taken another significant step to prepare for a prisoner exchange with Iran. The US government has granted a special permission for banks to transfer frozen Iranian assets without fearing US sanctions. This information was reported by the news agency Reuters on Tuesday, citing a US document and the Washington Post, which referenced government sources. The US Congress was also informed about this on Monday. The money is intended to be transferred from South Korea to Qatar.
It has been known for several weeks that the USA and Iran are negotiating a prisoner exchange. In August, Iran’s judiciary released several US citizens from custody and initially placed them under house arrest. A total of five individuals with US citizenship are expected to be able to leave the Islamic Republic as part of a prisoner exchange. In return, Iran is demanding around six billion US dollars (5.58 billion euros) that have been frozen in South Korea due to international sanctions. The deal also aims to secure the release of Iranians imprisoned in the USA.