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France expresses concern over detained French journalist in Iraq

PARIS, Feb 25 (KUNA) -- French Foreign Ministry said here on Monday that it summoned the Iraqi Ambassador in Paris to express its concern over situation of French journalist Nadir Nendoune, currently detained in Iraq.
Iraqi Ambassador to France Fareed Yasseen has been summoned by the French government to explain the status of Nendoune, who has not been able to return to France despite his release days ago, Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said in a press briefing.
Lalliot added that establishing a state law in Iraq and other countries was based mainly on necessary respect of public freedoms, stressing importance of guaranteeing full exercise of consular service.
In mid-February, Iraqi authorities have announced the release of Nendoune after weeks of his detention for charges of photographing a water treatment plant without a pre-authorization. (end) amm.ma KUNA 252118 Feb 13NNNN