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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Report: Iran's Salehi briefly detained in Greek Cyprus

IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER ALI AKBAR SALEHI (PHOTO: REUTERS)
27 June 2012, Wednesday /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Greek Cypriot authorities reportedly briefly detained the Iranian foreign minister after he arrived in Nicosia International Airport, a news report claimed.

Quoting Greek Cypriot media, TRT Türk reported that Ali Akbar Salehi, who is visiting Greek Cyprus upon the invitation of his Greek Cypriot counterpart, was arrested by authorities in the airport on charges of being on the European Union's list of “unwanted persons.” The airport's anti-terrorism office later released the Iranian foreign minister after Greek Cyprus' Foreign Ministry and foreign minister became involved in the issue.

Reports also said the scandal caused temporary tension, but that the mistake was fixed after Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozaku Markulli demanded the release of his Iranian counterpart.

Greek Cypriot media outlets noted that the Iranian minister, who was also the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, had been blacklisted by the EU and could only enter the country after receiving special permission from the Greek Cypriot foreign minister.

Markulli reportedly told airport authorities that Salehi's name was taken off the “unwanted persons” list in 2010 after he was appointed Iran's foreign minister. The media also reported that Greek Cyprus has offered an official apology to Iran, citing a “misunderstanding” and “mishandling” of the situation by airport authorities.

 
 
COMMENTS
Cyprus, where it is, That is a province, ps. Greece did the same by occupying CAMERIA where they committed a genocide
rasim
Yaacov the Aegean Ethiopian (greek), the only thing "free" about that island is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Just as the Turkish Cypriots.
GeneralSherman
LOL, Greek Cyprus AKA Aegean Ethiopian Cyprus arrested their petroleum daddy.
GeneralSherman
Puppet state Greek Cyprus arrested the Iranian FM by mistake :D This will put South Cyprus on the map. Publicity is publicity :D
DutchTurk
Zaman - you have excelled once again in your accurate reporting. It's no wonder Turkish citizens dont know what to believe. This paper has less credability that those run by the Chinese state.
Mark
Mish mash at the airport.Who was cooking what? Almost the pot boil and spill over.
stain
Turkish propaganda! Zaman should've checked for credible evidence before publishing this.
GR
That would be the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus, there is no 'Greek Cyprus'-except in the warped minds of Turk ultra nationalists.
Yaacov
Are you kinda gaga????? There is no such airport Nicosia International.
panas
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