The first secretary at the Swiss embassy in Tehran was found dead on Tuesday after falling from a tall building where she lived north of the city, a spokesman for the emergency services was told by Iranian news agencies.
The Swiss Foreign Ministry (FDFA) said that an employee of its embassy in Iran died in an accident, without identifying the victim. “FDAFA and its chief federal counselor are shocked by the tragic death of Ignazio Cassis and express their deepest condolences to the family,” he said.
Iranian emergency service spokesman Mojtaba Khalidi said the body of the diplomat was found missing after a gardener arrived at her apartment in the early hours of Tuesday morning, news agency Fars said.
“This person was the first secretary of the Swiss embassy,” Khalidi told the Mehr news agency. “The reason for his fall has not yet been determined,” he told Fars.
The diplomatic news agency ISNA reported that the diplomat was 51 years old. Other reports put her age at 52.
Switzerland represented American diplomatic interests in Iran as Washington and Tehran cut ties soon after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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