After Tehran exchanged Western hostages with its convicted diplomat, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claims Iran is ‘completely safe’ for tourists, Report informs referring to Iran International.
He wrote on Twitter that “if some European citizens are not exploited by foreign security services, there is no reason to arrest them.”
Over the years Iran has detained and accused dozens of Western visitors of espionage, while using them effectively as hostages to squeeze concessions from the West. Detainees do not receive fair legal protection and face sham trials.
On June 2, two Iranian-Austrian citizens named Kamran Qaderi and Masoud Mosaheb and a Danish individual imprisoned in Iran were released in the framework of a recent prisoner exchange agreement with Belgium mediated by Oman.
A week ago, Olivier Vandecasteele, a Belgian aid worker, returned to his country in exchange for the release of Assadollah Asadi, an Iranian agent disguised as a diplomat in Europe who was convicted of a terror plot in France in 2018.