Ex-Iranian Diplomat in Norway Quit to Support Countrymen: VOA Exclusive
Decision made after watching Iranian government's recent treatment of demonstrators
Last updated at: 14.01.2010 19:00
Washington, D.C., January 15, 2010 – Iran's former Consul General in Norway, who resigned his post to protest his government's treatment of demonstrators, told the Voice of America (VOA) he quit to show his support for his countrymen.
"When I watched what has been happening in Iran … I thought, 'I want to join the people of my country, and tell them, inside and outside Iran, that I support them and I am hoping for the same changes they are,'" Mohammed Reza Heydari said in an exclusive interview with VOA's Persian News Network (PNN) in Oslo.
Heydari also called on fellow Iranian diplomats to follow his lead. "They should resign to support the Iranian people," he said. "Our priority should be the best interests of the people, not our own personal interests."
Heydari said he made his decision to resign after watching the Iranian government's recent treatment of demonstrators in Tehran, particularly during the religious holiday, Ashura.
"They decided to use force and brutality against people and recently started to terrorize people with explosions inside Iran," he said.
Heydari was in seclusion from the time he resigned late last week until Jan. 14, 2010. His gave his first interview for an Iranian audience to PNN.
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