|Iran to send delegation to Yemen over abducted diplomat||
TEHRAN – Iran plans to dispatch a special delegation to Yemen on Monday to determine the fate of the Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped in Sana’a in July.
The Iranian diplomat, Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht, was travelling through the diplomatic quarter in southern Sana’a when gunmen blocked the road, forced him to get out of his vehicle and took him to an unknown location.
In following up the case, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi made a telephone call to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday and emphasized that the Yemeni government is making every effort to secure the release of the Iranian diplomat.
He also expressed hope that their efforts would soon yield results and the Iranian diplomat would be released.
Zarif, for his part, appreciated the efforts of the Yemeni government to release the Iranian attache.
He also underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported unity and stability in Yemen.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Yemeni top diplomat congratulated Zarif on his appointment as Iran’s new foreign minister and said Sana’s is keen to expand ties with Tehran.
Hundreds of people have been kidnapped in Yemen over the past 15 years, and reporters and foreigners, in general, are at growing risk of being targeted by hostage takers.
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