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Iran summons Australian envoy over asylum death

February 18, 2014

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting the country’s foreign ministry has summoned the Australian ambassador to protest death of an Iranian who had sought asylum in Australia.

The Tuesday report says the ministry’s consular director, Hosein Mirfakhar, expressed Iran’s “protest and discontent” to Paul Foley about the asylum seeker, who died during a violent protest in a detention camp run by Australia in the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea.

The Iranian official sought changes in the treatment of asylum seekers, said IRNA.

The report did not identify the asylum seeker, who died from head injuries.

In recent years, Iranian nationals have been among the thousands of people who seek asylum in Australia. Many have attempted to reach the country by boat, mostly from Indonesia.

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