Jul 20, 2022 18:25 UTC
  •  Iran summons Argentina envoy to call for immediate lifting of exit restrictions on plane crews

Foreign Ministry has summoned Argentina’s acting charge d'affaires to express “strong protest” over the exit restrictions on five Iranian crew members of a Venezuelan cargo plane grounded by Buenos Aires.

The Argentinean diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

Argentinean officials seized the passports of the Iranian nationals last month after the plane was prevented from landing in neighboring Uruguay and was returned to Argentina.

Meeting with the Argentinean diplomat, Iran’s Foreign Ministry officials called the allegations leveled against the Iranians “unfounded,” and protested the lengthy nature of the Argentinean judge’s investigation into the case.

“The situation concerning the Venezuelan plane and its Iranian crew is within the framework of the international law and aviation conventions, [and are therefore] completely legal,” the Argentinean official was told.

The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, expressed “grave concern” on the part of the Iranian government and the crewmembers’ families over the continued confiscation of the Iranians’ travel documents, calling their mistreatment “a manifestation of violation of human rights.”