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UN chief condemns assassination of Iranian diplomat in Yemen
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(265).jpgTEHRAN – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned the recent assassination of Abolqasem Asadi, an Iranian diplomat, in Yemen's capital Sana'a, his deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told a press briefing, the Kuwait News Agency reported.  
 
Expressing condolences to Asadi's family and the Iranian government, Ban called for the perpetrators of this "crime" to be brought to justice. 
 
Haq said Ban is concerned that terrorist attacks and hostage-taking have continued in Yemen, and calls for the immediate release of all hostages in Yemen.
 
He recalled that according to the 1979 International Convention, hostage-taking is an offence of grave concern to the international community.
 
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, had recently called on the UN Security Council to take action against terrorist attacks and asked the UN secretary general to condemn the assassination of the Iranian diplomat. 
 
EP/PA 

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