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Iranian daily slams meeting between Iranian, Swedish officials at envoy’s house

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Iranian conservative newspaper Kayhan, affiliated with Iranian Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei, criticized a meeting held between Iranian and Swedish officials at the Swedish ambassador’s house in Tehran to sign a number of deals.

In Monday’s editorial, editor-in-chief Hossein Shariatmadari slammed the meeting at the female envoy’s house and said: “the government’s officials must clarify this humiliating act.”

Shariatmadari said the meeting was shrouded with mystery adding that secret deals between the two governments may be sealed behind closed doors.

He also criticized the Swedish female officials for not wearing hijab during the meeting held at the envoy’s house.

However, Swedish Ambassador to Tehran Helena Sangeland told IFP News that the “MoUs [were] signed there [in the envoy’s place of residence] in the interest of time and where our PM could officiate. Other MoUs [were] signed at Saadabad [Palace].”

According to IFP, Sangeland stressed “that this was at the Official Residence, it is not ‘my house'," while Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi also dismissed the reports and said: “No official deal or document was signed between Iran and Sweden in the Ambassador’s residence. They were just some deals between the two countries’ private sectors.”

A Swedish delegation led by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven arrived in Iran last week for an official visit to the country.