Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák met with the Vienna-based Iranian Ambassador Hassan Tajik to discuss the case of eight Slovak paragliders detained in Iran who are accused of espionage.
The two diplomats discussed the progress of negotiations aimed at freeing the Slovak nationals and further steps to be taken vis-à-vis the case, the TASR newswire reported.
Talks between Slovak and Iranian officials have taken place for more than two months. In addition, Lajčák is reported to have met Tajik earlier in July to lobby for further contact between the eight detainees and Slovakia’s consul in Iran, thus far without success so far. The Slovak consul has been allowed to meet the detained paragliders just once in the prison in Isfahan. That meeting took place in June, and the consul has since then only communicated with them by telephone.
The eight Slovaks from the Paragliding Expedition Slovakia group set off for Iran in the beginning of May to make a documentary film. They were arrested by Iranian authorities on suspicion of spying after they were allegedly spotted taking pictures of nuclear facilities from the air near Isfahan, TASR wrote.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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21. Aug 2013 at 10:00