Iranian, Yemeni FMs Discuss Fate of Abducted Iranian Embassy Staffer
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called on Sana'a to take immediate action to help release the Iranian Embassy staffer recently kidnapped in Yemen.
“It is the responsibility of the host countries to fully observe international conventions and protocols to maintain the security of foreign diplomats residing in that country,” Salehi said in his telephone conversation with his Yemeni counterpart Abu Bakr al-Qirbi on Sunday evening.
A group of armed men kidnapped Iranian Embassy staff member Nourahmad Nikbakht in Sana'a on Sunday.
During the conversation, the Iranian foreign minister condemned the inhuman move, and called for serious and immediate action of the Yemeni government to free the Iranian national.
The Yemeni foreign minister, for his part, expressed regret at the incident and said the Yemeni government will do its best to free the Iranian diplomat.
Security forces have taken required measures to identify the kidnappers, he said.
Earlier, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said one of the Iranian Embassy staffers in Sana'a has been kidnapped by unknown assailants.
“I confirm the news, and the Foreign Ministry is trying to receive details about the matter and will inform public about the development,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi told Tasnim on Sunday evening.