Wedding Guests Spark Iran Protest
May 23, 2004
From Correspondents in Tehran
Iran has protested to Spain over the presence of two members of its ousted imperial family at the royal wedding in Madrid. "Inviting people like them who are banned by the Iranian people is not an appropriate gesture," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.
The late shah's wife, Farah Diba, and son Reza Pahlavi joined some 1600 invited guests in the Spanish capital.
"These individuals have no place, not only among our people, but among all peoples of the world," Mr Asefi said.
"The Spanish will eventually realise that these two guests represent nobody at such ceremonies."
Some 30 reigning monarchs attended the marriage of Crown Prince Felipe and divorced former journalist Letizia Ortiz in Madrid's Almudena Cathedral.
The late shah fled Iran at the outset of the 1979 Islamic revolution. He died in exile in Egypt the following year.