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Iran summons French envoy over 'interventionist' resolution, remarks

A view of Iran’s Foreign Ministry building in the capital Tehran

Iran's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the French ambassador in Tehran over the adoption of an "interventionist" anti-Iran resolution at French National Assembly and "unacceptable" remarks by the country's top diplomat.

The ministry said in a statement that it conveyed to Nicolas Roche Iran’s “strong protest” against “baseless” accusations made by French officials while also condemning and rejecting such intervention as “unacceptable.”

It also slammed as unacceptable remarks made by French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna during the Monday session of the parliament.

The Islamic Republic of Iran regrets that France and some European countries are using the issue of human rights as a tool and treating it with double standards, the statement noted. 

“It is necessary for these countries to rectify their wrong approach which is in blatant violation of the principle of sovereignty in international law,” it added. 

The ministry also said that such countries lack “authority and competence” to claim advocating human rights because of their resort to force and unilateral approaches, which is in violation of the rights of nations.

Iran’s official protest comes as the French National Assembly passed a resolution on Monday, condemning what it termed "crackdown on non-violent demonstrators.”

During the session, Colonna said that the European Union was working on new anti-Iranian sanctions which will be prepared for the next Council of Foreign Ministers on December 12.

Deadly riots broke out in Iran in mid-September after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Amini fainted at a police station in Tehran and was pronounced dead three days later in hospital. An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization concluded that Amini’s death was caused by illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Rioters went on a rampage, attacking security officers and causing damage to public and private property as Western powers provided support.

The European Union and some Western countries imposed sanctions on Iran over its approach toward the riots. Iran, in turn, announced retaliatory sanctions against institutions and individuals in the European Union due to their deliberate actions in support of terrorism and terrorist groups during the riots.

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