‘Yemen issues visas for Iran delegation to pursue fate of abducted diplomat’

An Iranian delegation is scheduled to travel to the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, next week to follow up on the fate of abducted Iranian diplomat, Nour Ahmad Nikbakht.

“The Yemeni government has issued visas for the Iranian delegation to visit the country and the delegation will probably travel to Sana’a early next week,” an informed source with Iran’s embassy in Yemen told ISNA on Tuesday.

“Seyyed Kazem Sajjadi, the Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Iranian Expatriates’ Affairs, will leave for Yemen as the head of a delegation,” the official added.

During his stay in Sana’a, Sajjadi will hold talks with the country’s Interior Minister Abdel-Qader Qahtan, Foreign Minister Abu-Bakr Al-Qirbi and other senior Yemeni authorities, the official further said.

“According to the latest information we have received, kidnapped Iranian diplomat Nour Ahmad Nikbakht is in good health, and we will seriously pursue his fate, and we hope he will be released as soon as possible,” the official underlined.

Yemen’s Foreign Ministry announced on August 14 that it had no clues as to the whereabouts of the abducted Iranian diplomat.

Nikbakht, an administrative staff member of the Iranian embassy in Sana’a, was on his way to work from his home in the city’s diplomatic quarter on July 21 when unidentified gunmen blocked the road, forced him out of his vehicle and abducted him.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has already summoned the Yemeni chargé d’affaires twice to express Tehran’s grave concern over the fate of the diplomat and to remind Sana’a that it is responsible for Nikbakht’s safety.

By Press TV

 

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