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Iran thanks Oman for helping to secure release of former diplomat
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep1(87).jpgTEHRAN – Iran has thanked the Sultanate of Oman for its efforts to help obtain the release of former Iranian diplomat Nosratollah Tajik, who was under house arrest in Britain for six years.

 
Tajik, 59, who recently won a British High Court battle to avoid extradition to the United States and was set free on December 13, arrived at Muscat International Airport late on Tuesday. 
 
He was the target of an American operation in London six years ago and was accused of alleged conspiracy to export U.S. defense night-vision weapons to Iran without a license. 
 
Speaking to reporters after his arrival at the airport, Tajik, who had flown to Muscat on an Omani air force plane, said, “I am grateful to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his efforts as well as many Omani government officials for negotiating my release,” Times of Oman reported. 
 
“I am a victim of something which I know nothing about that took me away from my family for six long years. This shows how the United States still continues its agenda of spreading hatred to the people of Iran,” Tajik stated. 
 
He also said that he was planning to sue the U.S. government for his “engineered arrest.” 
 
“I am going to sue the U.S. government for the sting operation and the deterioration of my health,” Tajik stated, adding that he would take time off before deciding his future. 
 
He added, “I might write a book about my ordeal and return back to the diplomatic mission after I had a rest.”
 
Tajik arrived at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport early on Wednesday and was welcomed by his family and a number of Iranian officials.  
 
The Iranian ambassador to Muscat, Ali Akbar Sibeveih, told the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday, “The Islamic Republic of Iran asked for the help of the Omani government, and the Omani government, given similar requests by Iran and within the framework of amicable ties between the two countries, made great efforts in coordination with Britain and the United States.” 
 
“We appreciate the serious efforts of the Omani government, and Sultan Qaboos in particular,” Sibeveih stated.
 
“The relationship between Iran and Oman is an exemplary relationship, which other Persian Gulf littoral states should follow,” he added.  
 
In a statement published on the website of Oman Daily Observer on Wednesday, the Omani Foreign Ministry said, “Upon the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to meet Iranian request to assist in releasing the Iranian diplomat Nosratollah Tajik from custody in Britain since 2006, the competent authorities in the sultanate, in coordination with the British and American sides found a solution to the issue and succeeded in his repatriation to his home country on humanitarian grounds.” 
 
The statement added, “The sultanate, upon the success of its humanitarian efforts, would like to express its sincere thanks and utmost appreciation to the British and American governments for their response.”
 
The Omani Foreign Ministry also expressed hope that the sultanate’s successful mediation would contribute to the promotion of stability in the region.  
 
Earlier in August this year, Oman secured the release of Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan, an Iranian woman who was imprisoned in the U.S. for five years.
 
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Last Updated on 19 December 2012 20:55