|Tehran calls on UN chief to help obtain release of Iranian diplomat in Yemen||
TEHRAN – In a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, called for efforts to be made to secure the release of an Iranian diplomat recently abducted in Yemen.
Following are excerpts of the text of the letter:
I would like to refer to the General Assembly Resolution 67/94 on Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives and draw your attention to the following:
On 21 July 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in the city of Sana, Yemen, Mr. Ahmad Nikbakht, a staff member of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Sana, was abducted by armed men and moved to an unknown location. The entity of the armed men is still unknown and they made no contact after the abduction.
Immediately after the incident, the minister of foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a telephone conversation with his Yemeni counterpart expressed serious concern over the horrible crime and asked the Yemeni authorities to take every measure in order to rescue the abducted member of the Iranian Embassy.
Furthermore, several notes reminding the obligations and duties of the host country concerning the safety and security of members of the diplomatic missions were sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Yemen. The Iranian Embassy in Yemen followed the case with utmost urgency and the charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Sana met the interior minister of Yemen.
The Islamic Republic of Iran called upon the Yemeni authorities to expedite measures to ensure the immediate and safe release of the abducted person and bring the criminals to justice. The government of Yemen was also urged to take all necessary measures to enhance the safety and security of Iranian diplomatic and consular missions and representatives in Yemen and ensure that such criminal incident would not recur.
In this regard I would like to seek the cooperation and the good offices of Your Excellency for securing the release of the hostage. The kind cooperation of the relevant United Nations offices in responding to this request of the Government and the family of the hostage will be highly appreciated.
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