The Swiss Foreign Ministry (FDFA) said an employee of its embassy in Iran died in an accident, without identifying the victim. “The FDFA and its Chief Federal Advisor Ignazio Cassis are shocked by the tragic death and express their deepest condolences to the family,” he said.
Iranian emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi said the diplomat’s body was found by a gardener after an employee who arrived at his apartment early Tuesday noticed his disappearance, the agency reported. Fars press release.
“This person was the first secretary of the Swiss embassy,” Khaledi told the Mehr news agency. “The cause of his fall has not yet been determined,” he told Fars.
The diplomat was 51, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Other reports put her at 52.
Switzerland has represented American diplomatic interests in Iran since Washington and Tehran severed relations shortly after the Islamic revolution of 1979.