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Iran summons Swiss envoy for second time in single day

Iran summoned the Swiss charge d’affaires, whose country represents US interests in Iran, for a second time on Friday to hand him Tehran’s answer to Washington’s message.

“This evening, the Swiss charge d’affaires representing US interests in Tehran was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and [Iran’s] appropriate response to the US message was conveyed to this Swiss diplomat,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi told IRNA on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Mousavi said the Swiss envoy had been summoned over the US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), decrying the attack as a “blatant instance of state terrorism.”

“He was told that Washington’s move is a blatant instance of state terrorism and the US regime is responsible for all its consequences,” he said.

The Swiss diplomat in turn delivered a message from the United States to Iran over Soleimani’s assassination by the US, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said.