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Iran summons Greek envoy over EU delegation’s controversial meeting
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TEHRAN – Tehran has voiced displeasure over a meeting between the visiting European Parliament members and two people who had been imprisoned in connection with the unrest that followed the 2009 presidential election in Iran.
During a six-day visit to Tehran last week, the eight-member European Parliament delegation held a meeting with Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi at the Greek Embassy.
Sotoudeh and a number of other prisoners were freed from jail in September after serving three years for acting against national security and spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic.
“The Greek charge d'affaires was invited to the Foreign Ministry on Saturday to be informed of Iran’s discontent” over the meetings, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday. 
The Greek Embassy had arranged for the meeting.
The statement added that the act was against “good faith” and noted that the Iranian Embassy in Brussels had advised the European delegation against such a meeting prior to their visit to Tehran.
The delegation, led by Finnish MEP Tarja Cronberg, also held meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
It was the European Parliament’s first visit to Tehran in over five years.

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