Iran Summons Three European Envoys Over Detained Diplomat

Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi was detained in Germany on Sunday on a European arrest warrant for suspected involvement in a bomb plot

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018.
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Iran on Thursday summoned envoys from France, Germany and Belgium over the case of an Iranian diplomat detained in Germany, Iranian state TV reported.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araghchi held separate meetings with the three diplomats in Tehran to express Iran's "strong protest" over the detention of Tehran's Vienna-based envoy, Assadollah Assadi, according to the report. 

Assadi was detained on Sunday near the German city of Aschaffenburg on a European arrest warrant for suspected involvement in a plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Europe.

His arrest came after a couple with Iranian roots was stopped in Belgium and authorities reported finding powerful explosives in their car.

Araghchi called allegations against Assadi a "plot aimed at damaging EU-Iran relations" ahead of a nuclear meeting on Friday.