KURDPA : Iran's Foreign Minister was reportedly briefly detained by airport officials during his trip to Cyprus
because, according to the Cypriots, he was believed to be on the EU's blacklist.
Turkish media report that Ali Akbar
Salehi had travelled to Cyprus by invitation of his Cypriot counterpart. While the airport authorities insisted that Salehi could not enter Cypress
because his name is on the EU blacklist, the Cypriot Foreign Minister swiftly arranged his release.
Ali Akbar Salehi is the former head of
Iran's Atomic Agency, and the Cypriot Foreign Ministry reportedly explained to the airport officials that, as Iran's Foreign Minister, Salehi is no
longer on the EU blacklist.
Salehi travelled to Cyprus two days ago. He had told the Mehr News Agency that the trip to Cyprus might be a
good step toward improving relations with the European Union.