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Sep 29, 2009 12:19 PM by Associated Press

Iran will allow Swiss access to detained Americans

U.S. officials say Iran has notified the Swiss government that it can have access to three Americans who have been detained in Iran since being arrested for illegal entry in late July.

The move could be seen as a conciliatory gesture on Iran's part, coming ahead of a meeting between Iran and five world powers seeking to persuade Tehran to abandon any effort to build nuclear weapons. The Swiss government represents U.S. interests in Tehran.

Two U.S. officials said Iran had notified the Swiss that their consular services are required, meaning they can meet with the Americans to verify their condition. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the matter.

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