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(AP) The first secretary at the Swiss embassy in Tehran was found dead on Tuesday after falling from a high-rise building where she lived in the north of the city, a spokesman for emergency services was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies.
The high-ranking employee of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran who apparently died when she fell from the 17th floor of the building where she lived was the first secretary of the Swiss delegation and worked in the U.S. Interests Section.
Switzerland has represented US interests in Iran since the two countries severed ties after the 1979 revolution.
The Swiss foreign ministry (FDFA) said an employee at its embassy in Iran had died of an accident, without identifying the victim. “The FDFA and its head Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis are shocked by the tragic death and express their deepest condolences to the family,” it said.
Iranian emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi said the diplomat’s body was found by a gardener after an employee who arrived at her apartment early on Tuesday noticed she was missing, the news agency Fars reported.
“This person was the first secretary of the Swiss embassy,” Khaledi told Mehr news agency. “The cause of her fall has yet to be determined,” he told Fars.
The diplomat was 51, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. Other reports put her age at 52.
Switzerland has represented U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran since Washington and Tehran cut ties shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
As @Khaasteh reports, the Swiss diplomat who was found dead in #Iran is Sylvie Brunner. Brunner, according to her LinkedIn profile, was the deputy head of the foreign interests section at the embassy. Interesting role given Switzerland's representation of U.S. interests there. https://t.co/dASX8zTn8r
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) May 4, 2021
Hamshahri newspaper in #Iran reported residents at the apartment building heard a loud noise, like an explosion, 24 minutes after midnight on Tuesday, nearly eight hours before the Swiss diplomat’s body was discovered yesterday. https://t.co/OCEPkv66ZW
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) May 5, 2021
Swiss diplomat's 'fall from high building' death in Iran, suspicion of conspiracy deepened, investigation begins https://t.co/OIa9I9AQAd
— The Weekly Mail (@TheWeeklyMail_) May 5, 2021
The first secretary at the Swiss embassy in Tehran was found dead on Tuesday after falling from a high-rise building where she lived in the north of the city, according to Iranian news agencies https://t.co/lysAUbVrAN
— CNN International (@cnni) May 5, 2021
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) May 4, 2021