Spokesman dismisses talks between Zarif, Payne on Australian prisoner

IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Friday dismissed talks between Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne on the situation of the Australian-British prisoner Kylie Moore-Gilbert as rumor.

“Any allegation or claim that FM @JZarif discussed the treatment, or attitude, of Ms. Moore-Gilbert (in prison in Iran) with his Australian counterpart @MarisePayne is categorically false,” Mousavi wrote in his Twitter account.

Earlier, he said the Australian prisoner was detained on charges of violating Iran’s national security and the court has issued an appropriate ruling in accordance with all relevant laws.

Last week, AP claimed that Payne and Zarif had talked about the conditions of the Australian prisoner on the sidelines of a global conference in India.