The second official from the Swiss embassy of Iran, which serves as the diplomatic voice of the United States in the Islamic Republic, fell to death from the balcony or window of the luxurious Tehran tower where she resided.
The 51-year-old first secretary of the embassy was pronounced dead on Tuesday by official Iranian media. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed the death of an embassy employee in Tehran.
“The FDFA confirms that a Swiss employee of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran died in a fatal accident on Tuesday,” said an e-mailed statement toThe independent. “The FDFA and Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis are shocked by the tragic death and express their deepest condolences to the family.”
Several social media accounts, including a Swiss open source intelligence service, have identified the victim as the official who is the deputy head of the US interests section in Tehran.
There was no indication as to why or how she fell from her apartment in the upscale Kamranieh neighborhood of northern Tehran, nor any immediate hint of misconduct.
“The fall of a 51-year-old woman from one of Kamranieh’s towers was reported to the emergency services a few minutes ago,” said Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesperson for the Iranian emergency services. Mehr Press Agency.
It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the fall, or exactly when she died on Tuesday. Swiss officials say they are in contact with the victim’s family and Iranian officials, refusing to name her or provide further details.
The death of the Swiss citizen is sure to attract international attention.
Since 1980, Switzerland has served as Washington’s official representative to Iran and oversees an interest section, an anonymous building now located in northeast Tehran, which serves as a de facto consulate for Iranian-Americans or those with business interests or family ties in the United States.
Pakistan controls an Iranian outpost similar to Washington.
The Swiss often act as intermediaries between Tehran and Washington, an increasingly critical role among the ongoing talks between world powers in Vienna to revive a deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran and the United States also used the Swiss as intermediaries in negotiations on citizens held by each country as prisoners.
Switzerland also opened a channel last year to allow Iran to sell and buy food and medicine despite harsh US sanctions imposed on the country by the former Donald Trump administration.