Q: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Iran to release all Americans who have been unfairly detained by Tehran as a result of the COVID-19 threat, threatening the country with retaliation if U.S. nationals were to die under such circumstances. Has a similar demand been made by France with respect to the two French researchers detained in Iran?
A: We have repeatedly expressed, at all levels, our deep concern at the health condition of our two compatriots in Iran.
We have regularly – and again in the last few days – called for their immediate release.
In the meantime, we are working tirelessly to secure regular consular access, in accordance with Iran’s international commitments.