Iran to send mission to Yemen to pursue abducted diplomat case

Iran Materials 6 August 2013 21:40 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi says the Islamic Republic will soon send a delegation to Yemen to follow up on the case of an Iranian diplomat recently abducted in the Arab country, Press TV reported.

"Seyyed Kazem Sajjadi, the [Foreign Ministry's] director general for Iranian expatriates affairs, will soon head a delegation to Sana'a to follow up on the case of the abducted diplomat," Qashqavi said on Tuesday.

He added that negotiations are under way between Tehran and Sana'a over the fate of Nour Ahmad Nikbakht -- the kidnapped administrative staff member of the Iranian Embassy in the Yemeni capital.

Iran has slammed the "inhumane" abduction of the Iranian diplomat, urging the Yemeni government to take serious measures to secure his release.

The Iranian diplomat was travelling in the diplomatic quarter in southern Sana'a on July 21, when armed men blocked the road, forced him to get out of his vehicle and took him to an unknown location.