The head of the FDFA, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, was relieved about the success. From the beginning, the Swiss Embassy has been in close contact with the Iranian authorities and represented the interests of the U.S. “The FDFA, through its local embassy, regularly intervened with the Iranian authorities,” stated Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey, “We thank all parties involved and we will continue our efforts on behalf of the two Americans who remain in detention.”
The protecting power mandate is part of the good offices provided by Switzerland in the framework of its humanitarian tradition for the benefit of the international community. Switzerland has represented U.S. interests in Iran for more than 30 years.
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