Iran team due in Yemen over diplomat kidnapping
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham says the Islamic Republic will dispatch a task force to Yemen later this week to pursue the case of an Iranian diplomat recently abducted in the Arab country, reported Press TV.
Afkham said the Iranian delegation would visit Yemen within the next two days to investigate the fate of Nour Ahmad Nikbakht following a phone conversation between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and his Yemeni counterpart Abu Bakr Abdullah al-Qirbi on December 16.
During the telephone call, Zarif expressed Tehran’s deep concern over the fate of Nikbakht, who was an administrative staff member at the Iranian Embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, and stressed the Yemeni government’s responsibility to guarantee the safe return of the abducted Iranian diplomat.
In late August, Iran’s Foreign Ministry dispatched a delegation to Yemen to investigate the case.
The Yemeni foreign minister said his government is making very serious efforts to secure the release of the Iranian diplomat.
Nikbakht was on his way to work from his home in the diplomatic quarter of Sana’a on July 21, when unidentified gunmen blocked the road, forced him out of his vehicle and abducted him.