Tehran: Iranian authorities briefly
detained the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, Livia Leu Agosti,
while she was on a trip three days ago to North Khorasan
province, state media reports said on Saturday.
Agosti was detained on Wednesday by provincial
security forces "because her identity was not established at
the time," said the website of Press TV, the Iranian channel
in English, citing "informed sources."
She was freed a few hours later, the report said.
Agosti`s trip to a village in North Khorasan was
planned in "coordination and full permission of the foreign
ministry," state television said on its website, quoting an
"But the local security forces temporarily arrested
on July 14 the Swiss ambassador because her identity was not
established. However after coordination with relevant
authorities she was immediately released," the website said.
In Switzerland, a foreign ministry spokesman said to a news agency that his office "does not have any information" about the
possible detention of Agosti.
The Swiss embassy in Tehran has represented the
interests of the United States in Iran since the two archfoes
broke off ties in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic