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France Says 2 Citizens Detained in Iran, Demands Immediate Release

WEISSENHAUS, Germany—France summoned a senior Iranian diplomat on Thursday after two of its citizens were detained in Tehran in what Paris said was a baseless arrest, an incident likely to complicate ties between the countries as wider talks on reviving a nuclear deal stall.

’s intelligence ministry had said on Wednesday it had arrested two Europeans for allegedly fomenting “insecurity” there, but it had not revealed their nationalities.

“The French government condemns this baseless arrest. It calls for the immediate release of these two French nationals,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that Iran’s Charge d’Affaires had been summoned.

The arrests come a week after a Swedish national was also detained and at a sensitive time, as the United States and parties to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal struggle to restore the pact that was abandoned in 2018 by then-U.S. President Donald Trump.

The EU’s coordinator for the talks Enrique

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