|Iran says U.S. statement on protest leaders contradicts Algiers Accord||
TEHRAN – Tehran has criticized the U.S. for its interference in Iran’s internal affairs, saying such an approach contradicts the Algiers Accords.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of State released a statement, urging Iran to immediately release two protest leaders who have been under house arrest for three years now.
The Algiers Accords was brokered between Iran and the United States on January 19, 1981, with the Algerian government serving as an intermediary, under which the U.S. agreed not to interfere in the internal affairs of Iran.
“America’s legitimacy for passing judgment on human rights issues across the world is called into question for several reasons,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told the Fars News Agency on Saturday.
She also slammed the U.S. for its persistence on sanctions against Iran, saying this policy totally contrasts the diplomatic path and international negotiations, which “require goodwill and mutual trust”.
She also said that imposing sanctions on Iranian citizens and companies and discouraging foreign companies from investing in Iran are irresponsible measures which contradict the international community’s will to settle the “fabricated crisis” on Tehran’s nuclear activities.
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