Parliamentary Delegation Leaves For Talks
PARIS (AP) _ Four French parliamentarians left Friday for Iran to try to improve relations between the two countries and seek information about four French hostages held in Lebanon and a Frenchman detained in Iran.
France is the main arms supplier to Iraq, which has been fighting a five- year war with Iran.
The delegation is lead by Jean-Marie Daillet, a member of the conservative opposition, but includes two members of the ruling Socialist Party as well.
The trip has been announced and postponed several times because of differences between the two governments.
Daillet has said that, in conversations with Hachemi Rafsandjani, president of the Iranian Parliament, he plans to discuss the two French diplomats, a researcher and a journalist held in Lebanon, as well as the case of Jean-Yves Albertini, an Air France employee held in Iran.
The hostages in Lebanon are believed to be held by a radical Islamic group with ties to Iran.
Daillet said the Iranians were linking any intervention on the hostages to outstanding issues between the two governments, notably a disputed loan for a billion dollars made by the late Shah of Iran in 1975 to the French Atomic Energy Commission.